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South Africa’s Tahir announces ODI retirement

South Africa’s Imran Tahir made a shocking statement today as he announced his decision to quit from One-Day Internationals after the conclusion of 2019 ODI World Cup which will go all guns blazing on May 30 at England and Wales. We will miss his typical ‘running celebration’ after taking the wickets at least in ODI cricket.

South Africa's Tahir announces ODI retirement
Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir is currently part of team’s set up against Sri Lanka. He was instrumental for the team as he took 3 important wickets in the first ODI at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday. He announced his ODI retirement on Sunday after the team’s 8-wicket win over the Lankans.

‘I have always wanted to play in the World Cup,’ said Tahir. ‘It would be a great achievement for me to play for this great team. I have a mutual understanding with Cricket South Africa and going forward I decided that I would finish at the World Cup, that is why I am contracted until then.

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‘After that, Cricket South Africa has allowed me to go and play around the world in various leagues but I would also love to play T20 cricket for South Africa. I think I have the ability and can play a role in T20 cricket for South Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity.

‘I would love to play for as long as I can,’ he admitted. ‘But there is a stage in your life where you have to make big decisions, this is one of those big decisions, it is definitely the biggest decision of my life.

‘I also feel there are a couple of good spinners in the country who need the opportunity. We are fighting for the same spot, but looking to the future, they will have more opportunities to play for South Africa.’

Tahir has been an incredible part of South Africa’s cricket history:

Also, Imran Tahir will turn 40 years old later in 2019 and was also not amoung the team’s new contract list previously this month. He boasts a pretty good stats to his credit. He picked 156 wickets, which is the eighth most for the team in the 50-over format of the game.

Interestingly, Imran Tahir is one of only a dozen cricketers to have claimed 7 or more wickets in an ODI. His 7/45 against the West Indies at Warner Park in St Kitts three years ago outsmarted South Africa’s previous record set by fast bowler Kagiso Rabada’s 6/16 against Bangladesh in Dhaka a year earlier.

The 11th ranked ODI bowler is still in contention for T20I and Test selection though he hasn’t played the Test format since 2015. South Africa will lock horns with England in the opening fixture of the World Cup at The Oval in London on 30 May.

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