Faf du Plessis is carried off the field by David Miller at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

EAST LONDON – Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis has been withdrawn from the upcoming T20 International series against Bangladesh due to injury.

Du Plessis retired hurt on 91 in the third ODI against Bangladesh at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday, and was unable to take further part in the match, which the Proteas clinched by 200 runs to win the series 3-0.

Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee explained: “Faf sustained an acute left lumbar (lower-back) strain while batting, and immediately left the field in extreme discomfort.

“He will return back to Cape Town overnight for investigation and further management.

“He has been withdrawn from the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh starting in Bloemfontein on Thursday.”  

Left-handed middle-order batsman JP Duminy, who did not play on Sunday, will captain the Proteas T20 squad in Du Plessis’ absence, while Highveld Lions all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has been named as the replacement player.

African News Agency (ANA)