All-rounder J P Duminy has been ruled out of South Africa's ICC T20 World Cup 2016 clash against West Indies after sustaining a hamstring strain during the Proteas' 37-run win over Afghanistan. The extent of his lay-off is unknown but South Africa hope to have him ready for the final group game against Sri Lanka on 28 March at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi.
"He was chasing the ball full steam and realised he was too close to the boundary and tried to stop himself. These things happen," South Africa team manager Mohammad Moosajee said, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.com.
"Brandon Jackson, our physio, will have his work cut out for him. With these things you can't really put down a time frame. It could be anything from seven to 14 days. We know in the past there were guys that recovered earlier than expected and guys that just didn't. It's very much a wait and see, it's very important that he goes through the return of play protocols and passes a fitness test to be considered for selection."
The 31-year-old is South Africa's leading scorer in T20 Internationals with 1,654 runs in 70 matches, and has been in brilliant form so far in the ICC T20 World Cup. He has so far not been dismissed.
Duminy's absence will cause problems for South Africa as he was also filling in the second spinner's slot, with the Proteas now playing in Nagpur where the pitch is expected to offer turn for the bowlers.
Aaron Phangiso has been tipped to replace Duminy, but he is yet to play an international game since October last year. The 32-year-old has had to rework his action after he was reported for bowling with an illegal action in a domestic competition in February.