Pakistan-born cricketer Imran Tahir fulfilled his dream to become top-notch international cricket after South Africa gave him admission to their team. The spinner had failed to grab a place in his home nation’s cricket team but became the lynchpin for the Proteas.
Recently, Imrah Tahir expressed that he was disappointed to not represent Pakistan. His remark has created a buzz on social media. Taking to Twitter, Tahir clarified his statement. He said that fortune was not in his favour so he could not play for Pakistan. But He is obliged to Cricket South Africa (CSA) for giving him an opportunity and letting him live his dream. He further said that he would always remain a Proteas.
Imran Tahir’s Tweet:
“Would like to clarify this to people.I tried my best to represent Pakistan but unfortunately didn’t happen.CSA gave me an opportunity to realise my dreams of playing international cricket for which Iam grateful the rest of my life.Once a protea is a protea forever,” Imran Tahir’s tweet read.
I would like to clarify this to people.I tried my best to represent Pakistan but unfortunately didn’t happen.CSA gave me an opportunity to realise my dreams of playing international cricket for which Iam grateful the rest of my life.Once a protea is a protea forever @OfficialCSA
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) July 23, 2020
Imran Tahir got support from his wife to play for South Africa:
Imran Tahir praised his wife Sumayya Dildar for supporting him during his difficult times when he was not able to make build his place in Pakistan.
“Leaving Pakistan was a difficult decision but most of the credit for playing for South Africa goes to my wife,” he further mentioned.
Imran Tahir learned cricket from his birthplace and played for Pakistan U-19 and Pakistan A side but failed to get his place in the national cricket team. Then the spinner started playing county cricket and from there he switched his base to South Africa, debuting in 2011. He has, so far, played 107 ODIs, 38 T20Is and 20 Tests for them.
The leg spinner last played for the Proteas in World Cup 2019 since then, he has not featured for the team. Currently, he is enjoying the break at his home. He might make himself available for the Indian Premier League(IPL) later this year scheduled in UAE.