South African star leg-spinner Imran Tahir is overjoyed to be the part of World XI, as he is bound to feature in the first-ever match against Pakistan in Lahore where he was born.
The experienced campaigner revealed he has somewhat convinced the players by telling them about the constructive things, as he has been regular to Pakistan to see his family
“I told (teammates) very positive things because I have been coming here to meet my family every year,” Tahir told during the press briefing and he was quoted as saying by AFP.
Pertinently, the 38-year-bowler Tahir is excited to be the part of 14-member squad-led by his Test skipper Faf du Plessis.
Moreover, the wily customer Tahir did not give a second thought when he was asked to feature in the World Series which has been accorded an international status after being recognized by the world cricket governing body ICC, in a bid to resume the top-flight cricket in Pakistan.
“When I was told that these three matches could happen, probably I was the first one who said that I would love to go,” Tahir maintained.
The slow-bowler Tahir would take part in the Independence Cup alongside his teammates which include top-order batsmen Hashim Amla followed by Morne Morkel and David Miller.
Tahir reveals he would be happy to see the embattled country like Pakistan hosting the international fixtures regularly in the calendar year.
“We have come here with a positive mind and will go positively,” Tahir further added.
While speaking to the media at National Cricket Academy in Lahore, Tahir further reiterated he has positively replied to the questions of his teammates, who later signed for the tour and are also bound to receive them.
The bowler has further thanked the players for showing the belief in him and the security back in Pakistan, as the World XI squad is under tight security which was supported by air surveillance.
“I answered their questions and they have come, so thanks to them that they believed me,” Tahir added.
Pakistan and World XI is scheduled to play the first match on Tuesday, September 12 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The second and third game is scheduled for September 13 and 15 respectively at the same iconic venue.
Interestingly, the historical series is taking place after eight years when a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, put curtains on cricket in Pakistan.
Before the tougher competitions forced passionate Tahir to migrate to South Africa in 2006, he had has been part of Pakistan A and Under-19 squad where he had learned the niceties of the game.
“I am very proud and very happy where I am in my career,” Tahir concluded.
Concluding, Imran Tahir made his international debut in 2011 World Cup for the Proteas, as he has been at the forefront particularly in the limited overs cricket.
Tahir has played 78 One-day International, 33 Twenty20 Internationals and 20 Tests for the Proteas. He has bagged 244 wickets across all three formats.