Zubayr Hamza has been called up as his replacement in the 17-member squad for the two-match series
A CSA statement on Wednesday morning said that Petersen “is well and asymptomatic”, and that the board’s medical team “will keep in close contact with him to ensure his physical and mental well-being”.
“It’s unfortunate that KP is going to miss out on this trip. I would love to have seen him build on what he started in the India series,” Elgar said in a press interaction. “Sarel Erwee has been the back-up for quite some time. He has had a few series where he has been carrying drinks and has been brilliant for us off the field. I’ve like to think he is the one guy that comes in.
“In saying that, Zubayr is another option for us. We’ll have to see what the best option is for us. It’s another opportunity for someone to come in and make a play for the team and try and give the selectors a little headache. It’s pretty clear cut that Sarel and Hamza are the two guys pushing for that No. 3 spot.”
Hamza hasn’t turned out for South Africa since his only ODI appearance, back in November 2021 against Netherlands in Centurion, when he scored 56 from 79 balls from No. 3. Hamza, 26, has also played five Tests, scoring 181 runs at an average of 18.10.
As for the travelling management team, South Africa A team coach Malibongwe Maketa and physiotherapist Brent Martin will join the squad, replacing Rivash Gobind and Craig Govender, who have been granted leave.
Updated squad: Dean Elgar (capt), Temba Bavuma, Sarel Erwee, Zubayr Hamza, Simon Harmer, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wk).
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent