Why Imran Tahir is not in South Africa’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

0
485
Why Imran Tahir is not in South Africa's T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?
Why Imran Tahir is not in South Africa's T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

On Thursday, 9 September, South Africa announced their squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Their squad has raised quite a few eyebrows and now fans and experts are talking about South Africa. This is because Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not include some veterans in their 15-member squad announced for the upcoming event. Specialists like Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Chris Morris have been left out of the squad. Temba Bavuma has been assigned as the captain of South Africa in the UAE for the upcoming World Cup. See why Imran Tahir is not in South Africa’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad.

Imran Tahir and Faf Du Plessis CSK
Imran Tahir and Faf Du Plessis CSK

The 42 year old leg spinner, Imran Tahir is one of the most sought-after spinners in the shortest format of the game. At a time, Tahir was also a crucial bowler for CSK. He was the highest wicket taker of IPL 2019 campaign. Still he was unable to find a place in the South African team for this year’s T20 World Cup squad.

Read also: Why Faf du Plessis is not in South Africa’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

South Africa T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

South Africa T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
South Africa T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen

Why Imran Tahir is not in South Africa’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

The reason behind Imran Tahir’s non-selection is that Cricket South Africa have plans to develop the younger spinners they have in the squad by giving them more opportunities.

The selection convener gave the following statement regarding Imran Tahir.

“Imran has had a great run and is still successful but we were very confident in the current crop of spinners we are developing, we felt that they deserved the opportunity.” 

Why Imran Tahir is not in South Africa's T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?
Why Imran Tahir is not in South Africa’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

Chennai Super Kings are also not giving enough opportunities to Imran Tahir. He was the purple cap winner of IPL 2019, but he get to play only three matches in IPL 2020. In IPL 2021 Ist phase, he has played only 1 match.

Although, Imran Tahir will not feature for South Africa in T20 World Cup 2021, but he will be a part of CSK in the second half of IPL 2021 that is set to start on September 19.

Read also :