Tahir set to return to Hampshire

"He's very fond of the club and is keen to come back"

“He’s very fond of the club and is keen to come back”

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South Africa spinner Imran Tahir is set to return to Hampshire for their last two County matches of the ongoing season, which will take place in mid-September.

Tahir, who was originally born in Pakistan, has had stints with Hampshire from 2008 and 2011.

It is understood that he will be the county’s overseas signing following the departure of his South African team-mate, Kyle Abbott.

Tahir is currently involved in an ODI series against Zimbabwe and has been extremely effective with the ball as he is atop the wicket-takers table with five wickets at an incredible average of 14 in the first two matches. In addition to this, Tahir also boasts a brilliant economy rate of 3.65.

With the amount of success he has been having in the ongoing series, Tahir is almost certain to represent South Africa in the upcoming ODI tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia.

However, there are rumours and speculation that Dane Piedt could make his ODI debut after taking eight wickets at an unbelievable average of 19 in his Test debut against Zimbabwe.

While Hampshire’s director of cricket, Giles White, confirmed that the club was talking to Tahir about playing in the last two games of the season, he did admit that some work will need to be done in order to ensure the South African leg-spinner has the right documents.

“We’re in talks with Immy, there are couple of things to sort out including his visa, but he’s very fond of the club and is keen to come back,” White said. “He’s a match winner, especially at this time of year.”

Tahir could prove to be quite useful for Hampshire as they are currently in a race against Worcestershire to get promoted up from Division 2 to Division 1.

But, Hampshire’s bid to get promoted all depends on how well they, and Tahir, do against Kent and Glamorgan, who sit in fifth and eighth place respectively.

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