South Africa have revealed its squad for ODI World Cup 2023. Temba Bavuma has been appointed as the skipper to lead the team in the ICC tournament. It will be his first ODI World Cup as the captain. Most of the players from the legendary era of South Africa have either retired or are not a part of the squad. Fans will not be able to see the veteran players like AB De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Chris Morris in the upcoming World Cup. There was a time when the above mentioned names were regarded as the best in their respective fields. However, they fail to get a place now in the squad. Let’s see Why Imran Tahir is not in South Africa’s ODI World Cup 2023 Squad?
South Africa ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Squad
Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.
Why Imran Tahir is not playing in ODI World Cup 2023?
The veteran spinner Imran Tahir is not playing in ODI World Cup 2023 in India because he has not been selected in South Africa ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Squad. He failed to get a place in the 15-member squad. The reason behind his omission is that South Africa have already moved its approach towards younger generation. Tahir is quite old now and didn’t have the same skills as he used to have in the past.
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.”
The 42 year old leg spinner, Imran Tahir was 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.