Imran Tahir to play for Surrey in T20 Blast after World Cup

South Africa spinner Imran Tahir will play for Surrey in this summer’s T20 Blast competition in England and Wales.

He will join the Surrey squad before the opening match against Essex on July 19 in Chelmsford, five days after the World Cup final takes place. The tournament will start from July 18.

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The 40-year old Tahir becomes Surrey’s second overseas signing of this year’s Vitality Blast, a professional T20 league in England and Wales. Before they retained Australian captain Aaron Finch for the fourth successive year.

“I’m continually searching for new and exciting chances,” said Tahir. “That is the means by which I see the opportunity to play with one of the most talented playing groups in county cricket.

“When I heard Alec Stewart had asked after me, it was a simple choice. Surrey are an enormous club and it will be extraordinary on the off chance that I can add to helping them win another trophy this summer at the Kia Oval.”

Surrey Director of Cricket Alec Stewart, a previous England skipper, stated: “Imran is a proven match winner and with his tremendous experience of worldwide, county and franchise cricket will be an immense resource for us.”

Tahir played T20 cricket all over the world including Indian Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League and Mzansi Super League. He has 303 wickets in 249 matches in domestic cricket whereas he took 63 wickets in 38 matches in international cricket.

Tahir has been in superb form recently. He was the highest wicket-taker in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) for his franchise Chennai Super Kings and made a big impact in the team which helped CSK to be the runner-up in the most popular franchise league in the world. Tahir took 26 wickets in 17 matches at the economy rate of just 6.69 averaging 16.57 with the best figure of 4/12.

He featured in one international T20 match this year against Sri Lanka. He was the winning hero of that match as he rescued South Africa in a super-over encounter to win the match for them.


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