Veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir was not included in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He was shocked after failing to find a place in the team. Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced the 15-man contingent on Thursday (September) and there was no place for the veteran. The 42-year revealed Graeme Smith, Cricket South Africa’s director, promised to pick him in the T20 World Cup team.
However, he was not considered alongside former skipper Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris. While he retired from ODIs after the World Cup in 2019, he remained available for T20Is. Speaking of his exclusion, Tahir slammed Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher.
“I am not feeling great that I am not in the squad. Last year Graeme Smith spoke to me and said I want you to play in the World Cup, which was in Australia. I said obviously I am available and excited and honoured because you give me respect. I am ready,” Tahir was quoted as saying by IOL.
“I am working hard and can you see my performances in all these leagues. He said that’s why he wants me. He also said he was going to speak to a few other guys like AB (de Villiers) and Faf (du Plessis). They put me on the Proteas group and everything, but then nobody contacted me,” he added.
The leg-spinner also spoke about Mark Boucher. “After a few months I texted Smith and Boucher and nobody replied to me. Since Boucher has become coach he has not contacted me once to tell me what his plans are. It’s really sad man. I served the country for 10 years, I think I deserve a little more respect than these guys thinking I’m worthless.”