The 39-year-old South African leg spinner Imran Tahir announced that the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup would mark his final appearance in One-Day Internationals. He further stated that he wishes to make way for the next generation of South Africa’s spinners in the 50-over format.
The news was confirmed by Cricket South Africa on their Twitter handle. “The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be @ImranTahirSA’s final ODI appearance. The 39-year-old will still be available for T20I but wants open up more opportunities for spinners in ODI cricket.”
Tahir, who has played 95 ODIs for the Proteas so far, will turn 40 in a few days. The Lahore-born leggie made his debut in February 2011. Tahir though would like to continue playing T20 cricket for the Proteas. He intends to play in the several T20 leagues all over the world after ending his ODI duties for South Africa.
“I have always wanted to play in the World Cup,” Tahir quoted. “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.”