Shane Jabaar, South Africa's physiotherapist, believes a proper rotation policy is imperative for the national side to reach its goals this season. South Africa have been hit with injuries over the last year, and Jabaar has advised that key players, such as Shaun Pollock, should not play every match of the season.
Jabbar said players like Pollock, who experienced discomfort from a back injury in Sri Lanka recently, needed to be managed carefully. "Shaun batted and then bowled in New Delhi [during a warm-up match], but had to leave the field," he said. "Taking him off was a precautionary measure and he is responding well to treatment.
"Sometimes the slight injuries are the ones that cause problems because they affect muscles around the injured muscle. If we want Shaun to be ready for the World Cup tournament he should not play throughout the season. That was my proposal at the start of the season and I think the selectors have taken it to heart."
Jabbar also felt that Justin Kemp, the allrounder, could miss the World Cup if he aggravated the shoulder injury he picked up during the off-season. "If Justin plays in all the matches this season we run the risk of losing him," he said. "Surgery will take him out of action for more than five months and that means he won't be able to play in the World Cup.
"Batting and bowling won't be a problem, but throwing will. It is the way he throws the ball that causes the pain. We are working on it, but are afraid to overtax the muscle because it can have far-reaching effects."
Jabaar was satisfied with the progress of those who suffered from injuries recently - Graeme Smith (ankle), AB de Villiers (foot), Jacques Kallis (elbow), Charl Langevelt (thigh) and Loots Bosman (shoulder). He said Andre Nel, who injured a thumb in the warm-up match in New Delhi, would be fit to play in South Africa's Champions Trophy opener on Monday.
After the tournament, South Africa host India and Pakistan for five ODIs and three Tests each before they head to the Caribbean for the World Cup. Some members of the side are also expected to turn out in the domestic season.