SA vs WI ODI series: Mulder ruled out & Maharaj and Parnell IN for West Indies ODI series

South Africa and West Indies are gearing up for the three-match ODI series after South Africa thrashed the visitors 2-0 in the three-match Test series. The first match of the series will be played on Thursday, March 16.

The upcoming matches will also be the first for newly appointed captains Shai Hope and Rovman Powell, who will lead the ODI and T20I teams, respectively. Shannon Gabriel has been called up to the national team after missing the 2019 World Cup due to injury.

The fast bowler was recently named to the Zimbabwe Test squad and had a successful CG United Super50 Cup campaign in November 2022.

Proteas white-ball coach Rob Walter’s first series in charge has been hit with a couple of speed bumps.

Walter missed the recent series against England with Test coach Shukri Conrad overseeing the 2-1 win over the world champions.

The former Titans boss is now back in his home country after a seven-year stint in New Zealand and preparing to face the West Indies in a three-match ODI series, starting on Thursday at Buffalo Park in East London.

His preparations have though been disrupted by a couple of injuries which include Keshav Maharaj and Wiaan Mulder.

Maharaj ruptured his Achilles while celebrating a wicket on the final day of the second Test against the Windies at the Wanderers. The left-arm spinner has also been ruled out of a planned stint with English County Championship side Middlesex as he is set to spend a minimum of six months on the sidelines.

Middlesex’s Director of Cricket, Alan Coleman, said,

“We are naturally extremely disappointed that Keshav will not be joining Middlesex this year after sustaining this freak injury and we are saddened to hear that he will face a significant absence from playing.

“It goes without saying that everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.

“For us to lose Kesh so close to the start of the new season is a blow, however he wasn’t scheduled to begin playing for us until late April, which buys us a little time to put Plan B into action.

“We will of course keep everyone updated on the situation regarding a replacement overseas player for the coming season.”

Maharaj has been replaced in the Proteas squad by Tabraiz Shamsi with the left-arm wrist spinner being sent an SOS to return home from the Pakistan Super League where he was playing for the Karachi Kings.

The 25-year-old Maharaj also suffered a finger injury while batting at the Bullring and did not initially take the field at the start of the Windies’ second innings. He returned after having a scan at hospital but has now fallen victim to another injury.

Mulder, meanwhile, has been ruled out with a left side strain. The all-rounder experienced discomfort during the second Test at the Wanderers and subsequent scans revealed a grade one side strain.

Wayne Parnell, who has 98 ODI wickets at an average of 30.4, replaces Mulder in the South Africa squad. The Proteas squad for the first and second ODIs assembled in East London yesterday.

Both teams have already announced their squads for the upcoming three-match ODI series:

West Indies: Shai Hope (C), Rovman Powell (VC), Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith

South Africa: Temba Bavuma (C), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Tony de Zorzi, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Lungi Ngidi, Ryan Rickelton, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo,Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Lizaad Williams, Rassie van der Dussen.

Fixtures for the ODI series:

16 March: 1st ODI at Buffalo Park, East London (day/night)
18 March: 2nd ODI at Buffalo Park, East London (day/night)
21 March: 3rd ODI at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom.

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