South Africa's left-arm Chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi has return home from Sri Lanka. Photo: Cricket South Africa

CAPE TOWN – Tabraiz Shamsi, South Africa's left-arm Chinaman bowler, has flown out from Sri Lanka on Monday to attend to family business back home.

The wrist spinner has left the South African tour mid-way after playing in the first Test in Galle where South Africa suffered a crushing defeat inside three days. Shamsi picked up four sticks in the match.

With the second Test starting at SSC ground in Colombo on Friday it is not known if Shamsi will be returning to the tour.

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"A decision on the date of his return to Sri Lanka has yet to be made," The Cricket South Africa statement said. 

Keshav Maharaj and Shaun von Berg are the back-up spinners in the tour squad. However, if Shamsi is unavailable it's likely that his Titans teammate Von Berg could take his place. Von Berg's inclusion could bolster the lower-order batting too. 

The Proteas fly out to Colombo on Tuesday. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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