Wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty has been sidelined from the Proteas Women’s World T20 campaign due to a recurring back injury.
Faye Tunnicliffe will replace Chetty in the squad.
‘It has been very frustrating for us as a team. You have to feel for a player like Trisha Chetty who has worked extremely hard and recovered well to get here. It’s really unfortunate, it’s something that’s reoccurred and we couldn’t control,’ said head coach Hilton Moreeng.
‘We wish her a speedy recovery. After speaking to her after we got all of the medical reports, you could tell it was very frustrating and disappointing for her as well.
‘Faye, who is coming in to replace Trish, is one of the promising young wicketkeepers that we have in the country. She is also familiar with the conditions, she was with us on the last tour against West Indies.
‘We just need to make sure that we as a squad continue to focus on moving forward and work hard because we have our opening game tomorrow [Monday] which is going to be crucial. We know that we are in a tough group and we’re ready for that. At the end of the day we can only control what we can, we just need to stay focused.’
South Africa will face Sri Lanka in a key Group A encounter in St Lucia on Monday.