The Proteas can finally begin their road to redemption after their disappointing World Cup campaign earlier this year.
Unlike all the other nine competing teams, it is only the Proteas have not been in action since the global jamboree in the United Kingdom two months ago. In fact, world champions England have already surrendered the Ashes to allow Australia to avenge their semi-final defeat, while last-placed Afghanistan have gone on to complete a historic maiden Test victory.
So while others have been getting on with the business of playing, Cricket South Africa has utilised the time to clean up shop with the removal of coach Ottis Gibson and the majority of his support staff in order to implement a new structure around the national team.
Although acting only in an interim capacity, but what is undoubtedly doubling up as an audition too, this has left rookie Highveld Lions coach Enock Nkwe at the helm of the Proteas for this tour of India in the newly-formed post of Team Director.
Nkwe, 36, certainly faces a baptism of fire in his first international jaunt, and he will not even have the tactical nous of regular captain Faf du Plessis to call on for the first phase – a three-match T20 series starting on Sunday in Dharamshala. Instead he will need to lean on Quinton de Kock, who has been handed the leadership reins.