The five-match T20 series will begin on November 23 in Vizag and conclude in Hyderabad on December 3.
According to a media report, the selecting committee, headed by Ajit Agarkar, is likely to elevate Suryakumar to the captaincy as Pandya was ruled out due to an injury he sustained during the 2023 World Cup and will take at least two months to recover fully from his ankle injury.
Pandya is likely to miss three T20I and three ODI games against South Africa too.
Suryakumar served as vice-captain during India’s West Indies tour, featuring in five T20 matches spanning the Caribbean and the US.
Previously, he led both the Mumbai team and the India Under-23 squad in the Emerging Cup a few years back.
(With inputs from IANS)