Imran Tahir to Retire from ODIs after Cricket World Cup 2019

South Africa bowler Imran Tahir has decided to quit ODI Cricket after 2019 ICC World Cup. He has played in 95 ODIs and has took 156 wickets at 24.56 average. Tahir will continue playing in T20 internationals and franchise cricket afterwards. He wants to represent Proteas till T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia at least. South Africa are confident that Imran Tahir can play important role in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Imran Tahir said in a press release issued by Cricket South Africa: “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. 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.”

Imran Tahir to quit ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup
Imran Tahir to quit ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup

Pakistan born spinner Imran Tahir made debut for Proteas in ODIs during Cricket World Cup 2011. He finished as second-highest wicket-taker of his team with 14 wickets at 3.79 economy rate. He became the fastest South African to reach 100 ODI wickets. He became the joint-fastest Proteas bowler along Allan Donald and Morne Morkel to take 150 ODI wickets in 89 matches. He has also played 20 Tests taking 57 wickets. He has appeared in 37 T20Is so far grabbing 62 wickets to date for South Africa.

Imran Tahir further stated: “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. 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.”

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