Imran Tahir may be fast approaching his 42nd birthday, but the charismatic leg-spinner has not given up hope on pulling on his beloved Proteas jumper again.
Tahir, who retired from 50-overs international cricket after the 2019 World Cup in the United Kingdom but is still eligible for T20I selection, is particularly keen to play for his adopted country on the soil of his birth next month.
The Proteas are due to tour Pakistan for the first time in 14 years where they are set to play a two-match Test series and three T20Is against the former short-format world champions.
Born in Lahore, Tahir tells IOL: “I am available [to play for the Proteas].
“It is up to them [CSA] to make the decision. I still feel like I can play for South Africa within me. “That is more important than anything.
“I want to play in the World Cup and one or two series before then. I was hoping to be part of that [Pakistan T20] tour, but it looks like they don’t need me anymore.
“It has been a bit strange to be honest with you. I don’t want to make a thing about it.”