Hambantota, Sep 20: South Africa, starting its World T20 campaign against Zimbabwe, is hopeful of playing its best players today, as five cricketers have have fallen ill, are expected to be fit for the day-night clash, according to a report.
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According to Sports24, a South African website spoke to the team manager Mohammed Moosajee on Wednesday, as he said that five cricketers were down with a viral infection, while three New Zealand cricketers had been diagnosed with a stomach infection.
"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," said the team manager.
"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," Moosajee was quoted as saying.
While the team is quite confident about starting their campaign effectively as the South Africans had a good training session at Hambantota on Wednesday.
Albie Morkel, who left the field due to lower back spasms is also a doubtful starter, as he has to undergo a fitness test before the team management takes a call on the all-rounder.
"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.
With five players down with viral infection and another to undergo a fitness test ahead of their opening clash against Zimbabwe, things aren't going well for South Africa.