New Delhi. Veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir is disappointed not to be in South Africa’s squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup. A day earlier, South Africa had announced a 15-member squad for the World Cup. It did not include Tahir, except for former captain Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris. He has been disappointed since hearing this news. The 422-year-old spinner said Cricket South Africa director Graeme Smith promised to give me a chance. However, it did not happen and I was ignored.
“Smith has not kept his promise to me last year,” Tahid told The Independent Online. I’m not good because I’m not on the team. Smith spoke to me last year. Then he said I want you (Tahir) to play in the T20 World Cup, which was supposed to be held in Australia. I have made it clear that I am fully prepared to play in this tournament and I am very excited about the respect you have given me.
Smith told me to play in T20 World Cup: Tahir
This leg spinner further said that I am working hard and you can see my performance in various T20 leagues. That’s why Smith told me to play in the World Cup. He also said that he would talk to some more players like AB (de Villiers) and Faf (du Plessis). They put me in the possibility of a tournament but then no one contacted me.
Tahir was also injured by coach Boucher’s behavior
Tahir was also injured in the behavior of South Africa coach Mark Boucher. “Even after being the head coach of South Africa, Boucher never contacted me,” he said. I texted Boucher and Smith a few months after taking charge. But none of them answered me. Boucher has become a coach, he never once contacted me to tell me what his future plans are with me. It’s really sad. I have served the country for 10 years. I think I deserve more respect than that and these people make me feel useless.
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Tahir retired from ODIs two years ago
Let me inform you that Imran Tahir retired from ODI cricket after the 201 Imran World Cup. He has not played cricket for South Africa since. However, he was available to play T20 cricket. He is also playing in various T20 cricket leagues. Even then he was not given a place in the T20 World Cup squad.
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He has so far taken 63 wickets at an average of 15.04 in two International Twenty20s. At the same time, he has taken a total of 418 wickets in 331 T20s at an average of 19.73. He took one wicket every 17th over in T20.
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