South Africa’s bowling coach Charl Langeveldt and seamer Junior Dala will not travel with the team for their white-ball series against Sri Lanka after testing positive for Covid-19 a few weeks ago.
Though the pair have both subsequently returned negative results, the Sri Lankan government requires anyone entering the country to have not tested positive at least 21 days prior to arrival in the country, which has ruled them out of making the trip.
Lutho Sipamla, who has played five ODIs and nine T20Is for South Africa, replaces Dala in the squad while Northerns’ coach Mandla Mashimbyi will stand in for Langeveldt.
South Africa will also be travelling with a batting consultant for the first time since Jacques Kallis was part of the set-up in the 2019-20 season.
Justin Sammons, who has worked as batting coach of the Lions franchise, is part of the touring party.
The squad leaves for three ODIs and three T20s, all to be played in Colombo, on Wednesday with the first ODI scheduled for the 2nd of September.
South Africa are without Quinton de Kock, Lungi Ngidi and David Miller for the ODI leg of the tour but the trio are set to return for the T20Is.
Sri Lanka announced a 10-day nationwide lockdown beginning on Friday night to contain the spread of Covid-19 after the country witnessed a surge in cases.