The 39-year old leg spinner, Imran Tahir is going to retire after the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The mega event will mark the spinner’s last appearance in the One-Day Internationals. He gave his statement on Monday stating that he wishes now to retire from the ODI format and he wants to make way for the next generation of spinners to play the 50-over game. Although the player set its bails saying that he does want to play T20 Internationals at least until the 2020 T20I World Cup. He also informed stating that he is on contract with Cricket South Africa until July 31 and after that he doesn’t want to continue with the ODI format.
I have always wanted to play in the World Cup said Tahir
Imran Tahir reckoned that he always wanted to play World Cup and it would be a great achievement to play with a good team. He said that he and Cricket South Africa have a mutual understanding and that is why he is contracted until July 31. “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 said.
He furthered by saying that Cricket South Africa even allowed them to play in various leagues and he would love to play T20I for the South Africa. “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 concluded by saying.
I would love to play for as long as I can entailed Tahir
Tahir will showcase his talent in the World Cup for the third time in the 50-over event. The spinner, Tahir, has represented South Africa in 95 ODIs grabbing a total of 156 wickets with an average of 24.56. He also appeared for 37 ODIs and 20 Test matches claiming a total of 62 wickets and 57 wickets in each of the format.
“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," he further reckoned.