South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir will step down from ODI cricket after the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

The Pakistan-born twirler is currently shriveled to Cricket South Africa (CSA) until 31 July, after which he’s going to make himself to be had for T20 franchise cricket.

However, the 39-12 months-old would like to retain to don the Proteas blouse in T20 internationals in advance of the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia but believes the time is right to permit more youthful spin skills to emerge in the 50-over layout.

Tahir qualified to play for South Africa on 1 January 2011 and became selected for the 2011 World Cup. On 15 June 2016, in a healthy towards the West Indies, Tahir became the first South African bowler to take seven wickets in an ODI, at the same time as additionally turning into the fastest South African to reach one hundred ODI wickets.


Tahir has a fantastic 156 wickets at 24. Fifty-six from 95 ODIs and he is anticipated to be a key player for South Africa as they project for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

“I have usually wanted to play in the World Cup,” Tahir stated. “It might be an excellent fulfillment for me to play for this first-rate team. I have mutual know-how with Cricket South Africa and going ahead I decided that I might finish on the World Cup, that is why I am gotten smaller until then.

“After that, Cricket South Africa has allowed me to go and play around the sector in various leagues however I would also like to play T20 cricket for South Africa. I think I even have the capacity and may play a role in T20 cricket for South Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity.

“I would like to play for as long as I can. However, there may be a level on your lifestyles where you need to make big choices. This is one of those huge choices; it’s miles without a doubt the biggest decision of my existence.

“I also feel there are multiple correct spinners within the united states who need the opportunity. We are fighting for the identical spot, but looking to the future, they may have more possibilities to play for South Africa.”

Tahir took three/26 against Sri Lanka on Sunday as South Africa claimed an 8-wicket victory in the first ODI. The 2nd ODI takes place in Centurion on Wednesday.

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