South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has said that he is still available to play for the country in T20 format. The last time he played for the country was in the ODI World Cup 2019. After the World Cup, the 42-year-old had retired from the ODI format. Since then, he has been plying his trade in the various T20 leagues around the globe.
He was overlooked ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021 and spinners such as Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj were preferred over him. He had expressed his disappointment and lamented Cricket South Africa (CSA) director of cricket Graeme Smith as he was ignored despite doing well in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the inaugural edition The Hundred.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan-born spinner believes that he is fit enough to play in the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. The former Pakistan U19 player added that he is thankful to CSA to reach his dreams.
“I am still available for selection in T20Is. I believe I am fit enough to play in the T20 World Cup. I hope that selectors will consider my performances around the world. If they do, I am sure they’ll find me a deserving candidate. It is a strange feeling that I am an overseas player for Pakistan where I was born and even played my initial cricket, but I am also thankful to South Africa that they gave me a chance to reach my dreams and prove myself in international cricket,” he told Geo News.
Imran Tahir speaks about his team Multan Sultans’ start in the PSL 2022
The Multan Sultans spinner has further added that his team is off to a good start in the PSL 2022 and the reason for that is collective hard work of the team.
“We are off to a good start. It is all because of the collective hard work of the team. I hope we continue with this streak in the tournament. This unity as a team is the key to success. When you work hard as a team and give your best, you surely get success.”