Tahir to play through pain
Imran Tahir will remain with South Africa's World Cup squad despite suffering a chip fracture to his left thumb.
Last Updated: 10/03/11 5:24pm
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir will remain with South Africa's World Cup squad despite suffering a chip fracture to his thumb.
Tahir sustained the injury to his left hand during his side's six-run defeat to England in Chennai on March 6.
But despite receiving medical advice that the problem requires 10 days of rest to heal, Tahir is set to continue as the injury was not to his bowling hand.
The Pakistan-born cricketer, 31, who qualified for his adopted country through marriage in January, has taken 11 wickets in three matches during the tournament.
He has been able to bowl in the nets and now appears likely to line-up against co-hosts India in Nagpur on Saturday - although a final decision will be left until the morning of the match.
A victory would move South Africa a long way towards quarter-final qualification - and Tahir may then sit out the final two group games against Ireland and Bangladesh ahead of the knockout phase, which starts on March 23.
"The selection committee will decide whether that 10-day (rest) period will start before or after the game," team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.
"He will still be a part of the World Cup going forward."