Derbyshire have signed South Africa’s premier legspinner Imran Tahir as their marquee overseas for next season, as per Monday ‘s announcement. Tahir will join the County after the Champions Trophy in June and will be eligible to feature in all formats.
The highly experienced Tahir is as of now ranked the No.1 bowler in International Twenty20 cricket and is maybe a sign of the intent John Wright, who was named a week ago as Derbyshire’s coach for the new season. One of Derbyshire’s issues in the shorter types of the game last year was the ability to take wickets along with slowing the opposition teams down. Tahir promises to add more attacking threat, especially in the middle-overs.
The 37-year-old starred in four games of South Africa’s recently concluded series against Australia, grabbing six wickets, and regardless of being overshadowed by Dane Piedt in the Test squad, remains the main weapon in white-ball cricket with 111 wickets at an average of 23 in ODIs and 43 wickets at an avergae of 15 in Twenty20 Internationals.
The marking is a reasonable sign that Derbyshire are hoping to include some accomplished and reliable performers to their squad. Tahir is vastly experienced in the County scene having represented Yorkshire, Middlesex, Warwickshire, Hampshire and last season, Nottinghamshire. His form in four-day cricket for Notts on and off, as he managed 25 wickets at 37.
“We are keen to strengthen our squad with experienced match winners who will also help our talented youngsters. With his vast international and domestic experience here in England, Imran fits the bill perfectly. He is one of the best legspinners in the world and we’re very excited to have him on board. Not only will Imran bring an added dimension to our bowling line-up, his influence on the team and players, such as Matt Critchley, will be immense.”