South Africa have granted ‘compassionate leave’ to Marizanne Kapp after his wife Dane van Niekerk was left out of the country’s Women’s T20 World Cup squad.
Van Niekerk was omitted for the February tournament, which South Africa is hosting, as it did not “meet the minimum fitness criteria”.
Kapp will miss the last T20 of a triangular series against India.
“The leave has been granted so that she can come back ready to play,” said South African coach Hilton Moreeng.
Moreeng added of Kapp’s absence from Thursday’s game: “She’s part of the World Cup [and] she is committed to the cause of the World Cup.
“She needed a break for compassionate leave and it was given to her because we felt we were very happy with the shape she is in, skill-wise.”
Versatile South Africa Cricket Van Niekerk did not reach the required time for a two kilometer race.
She posted a message on social media to say she was “absolutely shattered” after her omission.
Kapp, 33, and Van Niekerk, 29, made their international debuts together at the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup.
They are both set to take part in the Women’s Indian Premier League (WPL) auction, which is expected to take place in early February.