Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir

South Africa spinner Imran Tahir, who was due to represent Melbourne Renegades in the BBL 2020, has withdrawn from Australia’s premier T20 competition owing to personal reasons.

Imran Tahir Withdraws from BBL 2020

Tahir had been in doubt to play in the BBL after his arrival was delayed in December with the Australian government requiring overseas players to do a 14-day quarantine in a hotel room prior to being available to play.

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.

Tahir’s performance in IPL 2020

Earlier Imran Tahir has also spent his time in the bio-secure bubble in UAE where he assigned to play for CSK. But due to lots and lots of confusion Imran Tahir has bowled only in 3 matches and picks only 1 wicket.

CSK for the first time in its history failed to enter the playoff after missing the service of its Key players. CSK is expected to come back with boom in the IPL 2021 for which they are well known.