A medical condition prevents New Zealand’s goalkeeper from traveling to South Africa.

Following her diagnosis, New Zealand Women wicket-keeper Bernadine Bezuidenhout will return home and will not participate in the South Africa tour.

After being diagnosed with post-viral Pericarditis, Bezuidenhout was ruled out of the South Africa tour. Izzy Gaze, who was named to the ODI squad, will remain with the team for the T20Is.

Bezuidenhout, who has played 16 ODIs and 22 T20Is for South Africa, was evaluated by the team doctor in Johannesburg and underwent specialist scans, which revealed the condition.

The doctors have advised Bezuidenhout to take an extended rest period of four to six weeks, during which she should limit her physical activity.

Bezuidenhout is a two-time international who began his career in South Africa before moving to New Zealand.

New Zealand head coach Ben Sawyer expressed his team’s disappointment for Bezuidenhout.

“We’re really feeling for Bernie,” Sawyer said. “She’s a vital member of our team, and we’re all disappointed she won’t be able to join us on this tour.”

“She has a strong personality, and we know she will be fully committed to her recovery, and we will assist her in any way we can.” We are grateful to the doctors in South Africa who have taken excellent care of Bernie and supported her during these trying times.”

The New Zealand tour of South Africa will begin with an ODI in Pietermaritzburg on September 24. The tour includes three ODIs and five T20Is.