JP Duminy will have to wait for his Mzansi Super League debut after being ruled out of the entire duration of the tournament due to a hamstring injury he suffered ahead of Paarl Rocks' opening game against Cape Town Blitz.
The star all-rounder was forced to withdraw from last year's MSL as well because of a hand injury.
MRI scans revealed a high-grade partial tear to his right hamstring diminishing the batting stocks of Rocks.
Earlier, Rocks opening batsman Aiden Markram injured himself after "lashing out at a solid object" during South Africa's tour of India.
Duminy, 35, retired from international cricket following the conclusion of the World Cup where he failed to make an impact with the bat.
He was then seen in action with Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League as the Jason Holder-led side beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final to clinch the title.
“JP brings a lot of value in a lot of different areas. His experience will be missed, especially by the younger guys," Rocks captain Faf du Plessis said reacting to Duminy's absence.
“I have full confidence in our team to bounce back from this."
“We will assess our options on Monday and then decide how to best replace JP," head coach Adrian Birrell said.