Famous for his outrageous celebrations after taking a wicket, South Africa’s Imran Tahir has confessed that he regrets the fact that he did not get a chance to play for his homeland Pakistan at the international level.

"I played most of my cricket in Lahore. And for whomever I played, I always played an important role in the team. I really wanted to play for Pakistan, but that did not happen. I really regret the fact that I couldn’t play for the nation where I was born,” Tahir told Geo Super.

Imran, 41 had played his initial cricket for Pakistan as he represented the Men in Green in the Under-19 tournaments and its ‘A’ team.

Credit goes to my wife Sumaiya for taking me to South Africa: Tahir

"It was a tough task to leave the land on which I had been brought upon and made friends. But with almighty grace and Sumaiya’s brains, I decided to move to South Africa and pursue my career there,” added Tahir.

Imran, having made his debut for the Proteas in the year 2011 at the age of 32, has gone on to play 20 Tests, 107 ODIs and 38 T20Is for them. Having retired from Tests, Tahir still continues to be an important part of South Africa’s T20I prospects. In total, he has picked up 293 international wickets.

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