Johannesburg - Stiaan van Zyl will fly to India on Wednesday evening to join the Cape Cobras in their Champions League T20 campaign in place of Richard Levi, who suffered two broken bones in his left hand during a warm-up match.
Levi was injured when he fell heavily trying to take a catch on the boundary during the Cobras’ match against a Karnataka XI in Bangalore on Monday. He landed on a hard area of the field which is also used for practice nets. He suffered two fractures to the distal schaphoid.
Team manager and doctor Peter Sandell said the injury would keep Levi out of action for between four and six weeks. He will fly home as soon as possible in order to get specialist treatment in Cape Town.
Sandell said the injury was a blow to the Cape Cobras because Levi, along with JP Duminy and Herschelle Gibbs, had shown good form during his brief time in India.
The Cape Cobras were given permission by the CLT20 technical committee to call up Van Zyl as a replacement.
The Cape team play in the tournament’s opening match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore on Thursday.