Big Bash League: Melbourne Renegades coach has informed that legspinner Imran Tahir has withdrawn from the BBL competition citing personal reasons. 

Legspinner Imran Tahir, 40, has pulled out of the BBL. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Imran Tahir, 40, has pulled out of the BBL competition
  • Renegades coach Michael Klinger confirmed the news on Monday
  • Noor Ahmad, 15, is being back by the Renegades coach

South Africa’s veteran legspinner Imran Tahir has pulled out of the Big Bash League competition due to personal reasons, confirmed Melbourne Renegades coach Michael Klinger. Tahir, along with Afghanistan spinner Noor Ahmad, was signed by the Melbourne Renegades in October to strengthen their spin base that includes Mohammad Nabi and Pakistan’s Imad Wasim.

Tahir, 40, was supposed to be in a 14-day quarantine in a hotel room, after his arrival in Australia was delayed, before being able to play in the BBL, that started on December 10.

Coach Michael Klinger has said that Tahir withdrawing from the competition is a huge blow but the team is counting on the 15-year-old Noor Ahmad.

“Unfortunately, Imran is not coming for personal reasons. He’s a great player so it is a loss. But at the same time we’ve seen Noor Ahmad a couple of games ago, a bowler who people haven’t seen that much, it might actually work in our favour. He’ll now be able to play a fair chunk of that back end of the season, with Imad Wasim. Nabi has to go home for international duty. It is a loss but at the same time what a huge opportunity for young Noor to come in and have a huge impact on the BBL,” Kling said.

“The mood is still pretty good because we know what we’re capable of doing. We saw in game one how well we played. We know we’ve got the ability in the group to really come out and perform well,” he added.



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