Proteas grapple with illness

2012-09-19 18:50

Hambantota - Five South African players have fallen ill but are expected to be fit for the team's first World Twenty20 match against Zimbabwe on Thursday.

"We have a few guys who have gone down with viral infection, vomiting and diarrhoea but I am happy to say that they are on the mend," team manager Mohammed Moosajee said on Wednesday.

"I am hopeful come tomorrow, all 15 will be fit to take the field," he said while declining to identify the players struck by illness.

On Monday, three members of New Zealand's World Twenty20 team - Tim Southee, Rob Nicol and Daniel Vettori - suffered stomach trouble.

For South Africa, all-rounder Albie Morkel is also doubtful for Thursday's match because of a back problem.

"Albie will be having a fitness test tomorrow morning," said Moosajee.

"The results of the MRI scan we took yesterday were inconclusive.

"There is a chance that he might play, but we don't want to take any chances," he said.

Morkel bowled nine balls in South Africa's warm-up match against New Zealand on Monday before leaving the field due to lower back spasms. 


  • comurray - 2012-09-19 19:46

    They have been eating the local off street crap which could cause serious stomach/liver problems. Our men are used to eating clean food and not their unhygenic rubbish.

  • gungets.tuft - 2012-09-19 20:11

    Delhi Belly. You cannot drink the water there at all. Not even if it was used to wash the vegetables. I know people who have been sick just because they added ice to a drink when the ice was not bottled water or boiled. You would think the chef de mission would know that and handle it. Tsk, tsk.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-19 20:29

      I'm sure all the necessary precautions will have been taken. Bugs can also be passed from person to person, though. You can't isolate yourself from everybody around you.

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-09-19 20:49

    Excuses before the game even starts..Zimbos will win

      cobus.claassens - 2012-09-20 18:56


      cobus.claassens - 2012-09-20 18:56

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