Veteran South African spinner –Imran Tahir, who was rested for the ongoing T20 International series against India, arrived Dubai to represent his trade for Multan Sultans in the upcoming third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 starting on February 22.
It will be a big boost for Multan Sultans as one of the world's best limited-overs bowlers –Tahir will join the squad for the PSL 2018 opener against Peshawar Zalmi on 1 March.
South African selection panel convener Linda Zondi had said that Tahir is undoubtedly their first-choice spin bowler for both ODI and T20I cricket, but they decided to rest the players who have featured in almost all international matches so far this summer.
Zondi had said, “With the Test series against Australia starting only 5 days after the completion of the T20 Series it is necessary for us to rest some of the players who have featured in virtually all our international matches so far this summer. We have also decided to give Imran Tahir a break. He remains our first-choice spin bowler in both white ball formats. But we need to give more game time to Tabraiz Shamsi and Aaron Phangiso. The next ICC World Twenty20 is not all that far away in 2020 so it is important that we develop and examine our resources for that tournament.”
On Wednesday, PSL went on social media to express its delight over Tahir’s turn up for the T20 tournament. They posted a photo of Tahir on their official Twitter handle with the caption, “The Sultan Spinner has arrived! @ImranTahirSA joining the @multansultans squad for the #HBLPSL 2018#DilSeJaanLagaDe”