South Africa batsman David Miller will be unavailable for the first phase of the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) in order to participate in the CSA T20 Challenge 2021.
Miller was signed by Peshawar Zalmi in the Platinum category during the players draft earlier in January but will have to wait some time before making his PSL debut.
Miller is currently in Lahore as part of South Africa's T20I squad for the three-match series against Pakistan starting Thursday.
The 31-year-old is by far the most experienced member of the depleted South Africa side captained by Heinrich Klaasen and will have an integral role to play in his team's T20I assignment.
Following the completion of the T20I series on Sunday, Miller will head back home to take part in the CSA T20 Challenge due to be held from February 19-28.
The PSL will run from February 20 to March 22 in Karachi and Lahore as Miller will have to undergo a quarantine period after travelling to Pakistan following the conclusion of the domestic tournament.
The attacking southpaw boasts a destructive reputation with the bat as he holds the record for the joint-fastest T20I century – off 35 balls against Bangladesh in 2017.
He has a wealth of T20 experience under his belt with 320 appearances in the shortest format and a towering strike rate of 138.02.
Miller has not had the fortune of playing a lot of competitive cricket of late. He has played just two List A matches and one Indian Premier League (IPL) game for Rajasthan Royals over the past 10 months.
Nevertheless, Zalmi will be missing the services of Miller for a sizeable number of games. His absence puts the onus on overseas recruits Liam Livingstone and Sherfane Rutherford to share the power-hitting responsibilities in the middle-order.