The ongoing Big Bash League has seen a number of players withdrawing from the tournament as it comes in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. Now the new addition to this list is South Africa spinner Imran Tahir.
Imran Tahir, who was due to represent Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, has withdrawn from Big Bash League 2020-21 due to personal reasons.
“Unfortunately, Imran is not coming for personal reasons,” said Michael Klinger, the Melbourne Renegades coach.
“He’s a great player so it is a loss. But at the same time we’ve seen (15-year-old) 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,” he added.
The 15-year-old Noor Ahmad played his maiden game in BBL 2020-21 against the Hobart Hurricanes and returned with the brilliant figure of 27/1. He nearly trapped Colin Ingram as his second victim which was later turned down by the umpire.
Tom Banton, who was about to represent Brisbane Heat and Tom Curran, who was signed by Sydney Sixers had also pulled out of Australia’s premier T20 competition due to bio security bubble fatigue.
Jonny Bairstow also pulled out of the tournament due to international call-up. The veteran Australian batsman Steve Smith, who is currently involved in Border Gavaskar Trophy cleared that he won’t be playing any games this season.