Tahir: Pakistan's big loss

2011-03-08 07:03

Eduan Roos

Nagpur – Imran Tahir is the Proteas’ gain and Pakistan’s loss – and a big loss at that, according to the country’s former selection chief.

Wasim Bari, who represented Pakistan in 81 tests and 51 one-day matches as wicketkeeper, revealed on Monday that 31-year-old Tahir had still featured in their selection committee’s plans a few years ago.

Tahir, who was born in Lahore and is married to a South African, received citizenship at the end of 2010 and made his debut for the Proteas in their first World Cup match against the West Indies in Delhi.

He has already taken 11 wickets in just three matches and is the second leading wicket-taker at the World Cup thus far.

Only Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan captain and legspinner (with 14 wickets), has achieved more success.

Tahir has also equalled a world record for taking the most wickets in his first three one-day internationals. The fact that he had represented Pakistan A and never played for the national side meant he was available to South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl.

“It’s a great pity that Imran was previously the victim of politics in Pakistani cricket,” said Bari.

“There is no doubt that he was old enough then to play for the country, but certain decision-makers just did not like him. They did not like his attitude, hairstyle and even the manner in which he celebrated taking wickets.”

Tahir’s celebrations have to date been a source of much entertainment for team-mates and South African supporters.

Meanwhile, Robin Peterson has told Sport24 that his impressive bowling performance could not make up for the Proteas’ defeat to England.

The left-arm spinner returned impressive figures of 3/22. “I’m satisfied with how I’m bowling, but it was really bad to lose,” said Peterson.


  • Zee - 2011-03-08 06:59

    For a change we have an import. We are known for exporting cricketers! Tahir has been a breath of fresh air in the squad with the Proteas inability to kill off the tail enders and allowing teams back into games, Tahir has plugged that hole for us. Much more to come from him. Titans, sign him!!

      Travis - 2011-03-08 07:55

      You obviously know that he was with the Titans for a season, and spent that season on the bench. He is currently with the Dolphins, who have given him game time, and he has rewarded them handsomely.

      Bob - 2011-03-08 10:10

      Zee you are not known for exporting players, talented players are known to leave so that they can be chosen on merit to represent their new country, Tahir is talented but please he could cut out the pathetic appeals for every other ball he bowls, tiresome.

      Ammie - 2011-03-08 11:56

      @Bob - sorry mate that is not the reason "talented" players leave. They leave cause its their own choice and some of them feel they have the right to be chosen. Fact is its white players that leave- and moste of them are not talented !!! The perception is that any white player is a gift from god and should be in the team. When the playing field is lever wrt to money , training facilities etc these players are left behind as others are better then them. Go check on school levels. I dont blame them leaving but its not because they did not have their chances. Its very easy to be "talented" in a british setup- ask KP

      The Patriot - 2011-03-08 11:56

      Zee, you had him and all he was entrusted to was being a water boy. Natal saw his value and he now plays cricket there. sorry boet, Titans had there chance and blew it.

      Ainsley - 2011-03-08 18:35

      He actually left the Titans to play for the Dolphins at the beginning of this season..stand to be could be last season.

  • sannahan - 2011-03-08 06:59

    Imran is a fresh breeze in the Proteas squad. Now we have a much more competitive attack for test cricket - little relief because we have attacking bowler options all around.

  • flummery - 2011-03-08 07:09

    rad, he`s an awesome addition. i dig him... guarantee one thing though: in due time, (once he`s had an off game or two) south african 'supporters' will start disliking him. First complaining about his haircut, and then his attitude and then the way he celebrates his wicket. i rate he`s brilliant and just what we needed as a team.

      Daniel - 2011-03-08 08:59

      Agree with you, Flummery. So sad, but it's true.

  • kiewiet13 - 2011-03-08 07:41

    @Zee, Tahir was part of the Titans squad, but he was never played. That is why he made the move to the Dolphins

  • Space bear - 2011-03-08 07:42

    brilliant send us more like him we exported so many players now its time we got back

      stephanvanr - 2011-03-08 23:13

      Get real SPACEBAR, the only country we might get cricketers from is Pakistan because nobody in their right mind would like to stay there, as for exporting cricketers, as long as we have the quota system (20 years later) this is going to happen, team choice should be on merit

  • Space bear - 2011-03-08 07:45

    brilliant send more we have exported enough

  • Thunukenenxe - 2011-03-08 07:55

    The secret weapon, he has been hidden during the indian tour to SA. He will overtake his compatriot(Afridi) soon, depending on the progress of the proteas. Go proteas we support u all the way.

  • BRONZE - 2011-03-08 08:56

    They don't like the way he celebrates a wicket??? I LOVE how he celebrates, he'll fit perfectly in South Africa :) Kinda reminds me of Ntini.

  • - 2011-03-08 09:16

    It feels like cheating every time he takes a wicket, but I'm sure I'll get over it.

  • Fazil - 2011-03-08 09:52

    Is he a WMD?

  • mfsalomon - 2011-03-08 10:13

    You chocolate coated biscuit Tahir..... celebrate with ALL the exuberance you want.....its your wicket mate.

  • Joe786 - 2011-03-08 10:17

    What I want to know, are where are all the okes that commented on how useless Peterson is and how he should be carrying the drinks??

      Licikityspit - 2011-03-08 10:25

      @ joe I'm so glad robbie silenced the fools ! He could have had the same impact at the last world cup, but biff wanted pace - go figure

      Parko - 2011-03-08 10:52

      One performance doens't mean squat. The Strauss wicket - Strauss went after him and got caught on boundary. The Bell wicket - admittedly good catch and to KP a good ball, but I still say that with Duminy and Vaf now bowling spin as well , we could drop RP and add an extra batsman to bolster the middle order - someone like Ingram.

      The Patriot - 2011-03-08 12:06

      Parko, I still think Boucher should have kept his position. He is a recognised batsman, still brilliant behind the stumps. Would put AB back to the fielding and rested when he has to bat. Not sure what happened in the camp to have dropped him. One confrontation with Smith too many?

  • mupet-killer - 2011-03-08 11:07

    @parko, agreed.add colin ingram in place of faf or van wyk. he has a ten times better international record than either of them. 42 average, 2 centuries and can power-hit, like he did locally. tahir 4eva !

  • evereadydude - 2011-03-08 12:01

    Robin Peterson had one (1) good spell in 100 odi's and now all of a sudden he is a game breaker....o please get real. Johan botha won more than 10 games for the Proteas aaaannnnd he can bat! Imran Tahir though is brilliant, Paul Harris will NEVER play for the Proteas again in a test series!!!!

      Parko - 2011-03-08 12:24

      Forgot about that ... yup looks like Harris is out in the cold now !

      Sipho - 2011-03-08 15:59

      Please dont start anything about Botha. The guys is slowly becoming history. Let him remain there. Botha cant bowl and definitely CANT bat. Won more than 10 games for us? Name them... I dont think he has even won us one.... As for Harris, he was our other import from Zim, so its a straight swap in the Test team. And Botha has to make way for Tahir in the ODI's permanently. Bye bye Botha and Harris.

      stephanvanr - 2011-03-08 23:17

      Agree 100% evereadydude, one lucky break on a bowler favouring pitch now he is a hero?

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-03-08 14:06

    He wasn't played in the Titan's squad because they are trying to groom Shaun von Berg. How is his wicket celebrations strange? They looked pretty normal to me.

      Sipho - 2011-03-08 16:12

      He was dropped and was number 4 after 3 other spinners, hence he upped sticks and went to the dolphins. And we wont let him leave. Nothing strange, just a silly comment from someone above these comments that seems to have spiralled.

      stephanvanr - 2011-03-08 23:18

      Lyk soos iemand wat way te warm kerrie eet vir die eerste keer

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