Iman Tahir advised ten days' rest

Imran Tahir, South Africa's Pakistan-born legspinner, is set to miss the rest of the World Cup group stage to nurse his fractured thumb, but he is still in the tournament, the team said Thursday.

Tahir sustained the injury during last Sunday's six-run defeat to England, when he caught Jonathan Trott off his own bowling. His left thumb has been immobilised, is in a splint, and he was X-rayed on Wednesday in Nagpur. The scans were sent back to South Africa, to hand specialist Dr Mike Solomons and has been advised to rest for 10 days.

The fracture is not on Tahir's bowling hand and he was able to bowl in the nets on Thursday, an indication that he may be considered for the match against India. Tahir was part of South Africa's squad that defeated India 3-2 in January, but did not play a game because he was being preserved as a secret weapon for the World Cup. He has since impressed, with 11 wickets in three matches, and is the leading wicket-taker in the team.

South Africa face India in Nagpur on Saturday, tackle Ireland in Kolkata on March 15 before completing their Group B programme against Bangladesh in Dhaka on March 19.

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