Imran Tahir to quit playing ODIs after the World Cup 2019
The 39-year-old is keen on playing the T20Is for his country.
Updated - Mar 4, 2019 6:25 pm
South Africa’s star leg-spinner Imran Tahir has decided to hang his boots from the ODI cricket after the upcoming World Cup. He wants to make way for the young spinners coming through in the domestic circuit immediately after the tournament in which the Proteas play their opening game against the hosts England on May 30. Tahir, however, will continue playing the T20Is and wishes to continue until the 2020 T20 World Cup which is set to take place in Australia.
“I have always wanted to play in the World Cup. It would be a great achievement for me to play for this great team. I have a mutual understanding with Cricket South Africa and going forward I decided that I would finish at the World Cup, that is why I am contracted until then,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Imran Tahir feels that he can play a crucial role for South Africa in the shortest format as well and wants to contribute to the team in the World Cup next year. “After that, Cricket South Africa has allowed me to go and play around the world in various leagues but I would also love to play T20 cricket for South Africa. I think I have the ability and can play a role in T20 cricket for South Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity,” he further added.
Biggest decisions of my life
Imran Tahir wants to play cricket forever but understands that at some stage on has to stop playing after an age and termed this as the biggest decision of his life. “I would love to play for as long as I can. But there is a stage in your life where you have to make big decisions, this is one of those big decisions, it is definitely the biggest decision of my life.But there is a stage in your life where you have to make big decisions, this is one of those big decisions, it is definitely the biggest decision of my life.
“I also feel there are a couple of good spinners in the country who need the opportunity. We are fighting for the same spot, but looking to the future, they will have more opportunities to play for South Africa,” Tahir said.