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Tahir rests for 10 days

2011-03-10 11:38

Nagpur - South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir is doubtful for Saturday's Cricket World Cup match against India as he has been advised 10 days' rest after fracturing his left thumb.

The spinner sustained the injury during his side's six-run defeat against England in Chennai last Sunday.

"It was a chipped fracture. Scans have been sent back to South Africa and the period of recovery recommended is for 10 days," team manager Mohammed Moosajee said on Thursday.

"Imran bowled in the nets this morning and he's fine because it (injury) is not on the bowling hand.

"The selectors will decide when the 10-day period starts, whether it starts now or after the game against India. Imran is pretty much part of the World Cup squad."

The Pakistan-born spinner has so far taken 11 wickets in three matches, the highest by a South African in the tournament.

South African batsman Hashim Amla said it would be a blow if Tahir was ruled out of Saturday's game, adding his team had the depth in bowling.

"He (Tahir) is a world-class spinner, but I think we have a lot of (bowling) depth in our team," he said.

South Africa are likely to name off-spinner Johan Botha as replacement if Tahir does not play against India.

AFP

Comments
  • alessandroz067 - 2011-03-10 11:41

    Haha... just a ploy to get that idiot botha back in the mix, so typical.

      darquan - 2011-03-10 11:52

      I think you are the idiot. They would rather 'drop' Peterson than Tahir to get Botha in. If they did not rest Tahir, you probably would have called them idiots for net letting him recover. We will need him in the latter stages more than we do now.

      alessandroz067 - 2011-03-10 11:56

      No one deserves to be dropped for botha, he's too weak. Of course we'll need tahir in the later stages, no one is disputing that fact you moron.

      darquan - 2011-03-10 12:30

      Damned if they rest him damned if they don't. People like you are the worst-class morons.

      B - 2011-03-10 12:44

      lol.owned!

      ztoefy - 2011-03-10 12:45

      I agree...Botha probably crying that he isn't get a sight. Vice Captain my ass:)

      alessandroz067 - 2011-03-10 13:00

      And you are the best class of moron? lol... ztoefy: At least one sensible person

      DeonL - 2011-03-10 13:01

      It sounds like you are saying that the fractured finger is not true, but a ploy from Botha? What nonsense!

      alessandroz067 - 2011-03-10 13:36

      I said it's a ploy, didn't say from botha. Read properly!

      darquan - 2011-03-10 13:54

      So based on your own words only ztoefy is sensible and neither you or I? lol. Based on recent form I would also not select Botha at the expense of Tahir or Peterson (who is in the form of his bowling life). Tsotsobe should play the next game in Tahir's place, since reports indicate the pitch might be a little seam friendly. The only good moron is a dead moron, and yet I live. So I must not be a good one :) Anycase, it is NOT a ploy, they are for once looking at the bigger picture and not pushing an injured player into a game where he can injure himself further :)

      David van Niekerk - 2011-03-10 14:37

      whatever you racist idiot... you might as well just support india!!

      Sipho - 2011-03-10 14:42

      Van Niekerk whats racist?? Botha back in the team - Lets pray NOT. The article does say ''likely''. So lets hope they decide against it as we dont really need Botha in this team. He does bugger all. Lets get some hard hitters in for some much needed practise. Namely Van Wyk and Ingram. Botha should go home...

      alessandroz067 - 2011-03-10 15:16

      What's racist you bloody agent? I can support whoever i like to you piel. Right on Sipho

      darquan - 2011-03-10 15:29

      Sjoe, where did race suddenly come in? The article states 'likely' (as Sipho said) so it is just guessing. There is nothing racist about wanting Peterson, Tahir or Tsotsobe to play rather than Botha, since that is based on current FORM. And in case some fool wants to call ME racist for saying this - I ain't coz I'm white. However I don't think Botha should go home, just not play against India or any important game unless Peterson or Tahir are sent home due to injury.

  • Zandberg - 2011-03-10 11:47

    This is not good news but Botha will step up to the plate.

      Sipho - 2011-03-10 14:46

      haha. only plate Botha can step up to, is his pootjie. Please lets forget abt Botha guyyyss. The guys rubbish and we dont want him in thIS team. Captaincy for him - no bloody thanks. His is a below average spin bowler and a under performing sub standard bottom of the rankings batsman. That is a FACT. Hence, at utmost, for him it should either be club cricket(not provincial) or county cricket in the UK.

  • CobaltZulu - 2011-03-10 11:54

    The wicket on Saturday is more conducive to pace bowling so it is a doubt that he would have been picked, we have enough fire power to beat Ireland and Bangladesh. This is a great opportunity to rest Tahir and keep the Indians guessing about him should we meet them in the knockout stages! It will also give some much needed game time to some of the other bowlers and as we all know the nets are one thing but time in the middle is what really counts. Necessary or not I think it is a great move, remember he could have played if required and we are erring on the side of caution which highlights his value to us

  • patch - 2011-03-10 11:55

    My question is why cant Parnell pick up an injury in training so we can send Albie over coz we need him in this world cup???

      ztoefy - 2011-03-10 12:48

      u mean so that he can sit on the bench too...lol he aint good enough .... so he hit big sixes so can Steyn woop di doo

      bobbythebozo - 2011-03-10 13:16

      Nooooo... Send Boucher. Much better suited to conditions than Albie. And he wont try cut balls that are hitting half way up leg stump ala morne van wyk. If horses for courses is the way to go there is no better "finisher" in those conditions then Boucher. And he has been in great form on slow coastal wickets for Warriors for the last 2 months. I still cant figure out how Van Wyk and Ingram were selected ahead of him....

      DeonL - 2011-03-10 13:22

      Duminy did a Albie the other day, hitting 40 from about 17 balls, Albie is a bit inconsistant and his bowling is not up to scratch, he had his chances to shine in a world cup before, failed to impress.

      FactFile - 2011-03-10 15:21

      Still better for Albie to stay and help Cobras win the final!!

      alessandroz067 - 2011-03-10 15:33

      FactFile... Albie plays for Titans #justsaying

  • blakea.andrew - 2011-03-10 12:12

    So He'll only be playing one more game then!

  • B - 2011-03-10 12:45

    relax relax gents, lopsy will make the team and not botha. as somebody already mentioned the pitch is more suited to seam bowling then spin,

      DeonL - 2011-03-10 13:26

      I think the pitch will be batters friendly, Lopsy might be a better bet, but I would not mind to see Botha too, but who to leave out?

      bobbythebozo - 2011-03-10 13:26

      Agree. India struggled vs Lopsy while he was here. Given the squad available I think he should play every game actually. If Faf is gna play ahead of Ingram then Faf and JP can do the duties for a 3rd spinner. Lopsy offers something quite unusual in world cricket in terms of a tall left armer that can bowl tight and he has done really well with most of his opportunities so far. Unfortunately if he plays I think Petersen has to play ahead of botha just for the batting. BUT - I would open the batting with Petersen. I dont think he is gna do to well in the middle vs quality spinners but he could get a quick 20 or 30 up front which could also "lengthen" the batting order with a top quality batter coming it at 7. I think the strongest side is as follows 1. Smith 2. Petersen 3. Amla 4. Kallis 5. DeVilliers 6 Duminy 7 Ingrim 8 Steyn 9 morkel 10 Lopsy 11 Tahir With Tahir injured Botha comes in and bats at 8 with others moving down. Van Wyk plays ahead of Ingrim if AB is not fit to keep. If I could look outside the squad I would swap Boucher for Ingrim but thats is the only change

      bobbythebozo - 2011-03-10 13:30

      P.S. Faf could ome in for Lopsy on Pitches like the one we had last Sunday

  • rumbrumbies - 2011-03-10 13:03

    They better pick Lopsy for Saturday's flat pitch.

  • darquan - 2011-03-10 13:52

    So based on your own words only ztoefy is sensible and neither you or I? lol. Based on recent form I would also not select Botha at the expense of Tahir or Peterson (who is in the form of his bowling life). Tsotsobe should play the next game in Tahir's place, since reports indicate the pitch might be a little seam friendly. The only good moron is a dead moron, and yet I live. So I must not be a good one :) Anycase, it is NOT a ploy, they are for once looking at the bigger picture and not pushing an injured player into a game where he can injure himself further :)

  • Kevin - 2011-03-10 14:13

    personally i feel that tshostbi would be a better bet to replace imran. He had tendulkar under pressure in the indian series against us. And who play cricket know that this is a psychological game

  • Kevin - 2011-03-10 14:18

    I think that a better replacement for Imran would be tsotsobi. In the recent tour against South Africa he took Tendulkars wicket 3 or 4 times.And all who play the game know that once under pressure its all psychological.

  • Sipho - 2011-03-10 14:40

    Botha back in the team - Lets pray NOT. The article does say ''likely''. So lets hope they decide against it as we dont need Botha in this team. He does bugger all. Lets get some hard hitters in for some much needed practise. Namely Van Wyk and Ingram. Botha should go home...

  • Sipho - 2011-03-10 15:36

    Listen to Sipho. he the man. Maybe they make him selector soon.

  • aditya - 2011-03-10 18:06

    india is the only undeafeted team till now and they will remain undefeated .all these teams having players borrowed from other counteries can only dream of becoming world champs n u people get excited about them ur country cant give birth to 11 proper cricketers ha ha ha bloodt m f...ks .need peoples from other country to do other important .i m there to help ha ha ha a. true desi jaat

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