Pakistan-born South African cricketer Imran Tahir recently expressed his disappointment on not being able to represent the Men in Green at the highest level. Tahir moved from Pakistan to South Africa for personal reasons.
The 42-year-old played first-class cricket in Pakistan and county cricket for Middlesex and Yorkshire. Tahir shifted his base to South Africa, where he realized his dream of playing international cricket. He is thankful to the Proteas for providing him with the opportunity.
“There is not a single kid who doesn’t want to play for Pakistan. I have learned all my cricket in Pakistan. I have played first-class cricket in many countries including England and South Africa, but playing in Pakistan has helped me overcome all my fears.
“However, I am grateful to South Africa and the citizens of the country for giving me this opportunity to realize my dreams,” Tahir, who played 20 Tests, 107 ODIs, and 38 ODIs for the Proteas, told CricCast.
Imran Tahir had a dream start to his cricketing career. Since he is the eldest son in the family, Tahir had to start working at a very early age. But, his life changed when he was selected for the Pakistan U-19 side after appearing for a trial.
“I was never interested in studies while growing up despite my dad being a highly educated person. He is a very big inspiration in my life and I always look up to him. Coming back, when I was working for a shop in Pakistan, I went for a trial one day,” he stated.
“It was the U-19 trials and selectors picked me without even seeing and knowing my background. It marked the beginning of the journey and when I started picking wickets, it looked like I could play professional cricket,” he added.