Imran Tahir earns national contract | Proteas leg spinner Tahir earns national contract
Imran Tahir earns national contract: Proteas leg spinner Imran Tahir’s international career received another boost on Friday when he was awarded a national contract by the Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA). This came a day after he had taken 4/41 against the West Indies at the World Cup on his international debut. Tahir and fellow World Cup squad member Colin Ingram are the newcomers to the list of 20 contracted players for the next 12-month period that starts on May 1.
The Memorandum of Understanding allows for CSA to contract up to 22 players so there is the possibility of another couple of players being offered contracts depending on performance for the remainder of the season.
The contracted players are: Graeme Smith (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Hashim Amla (Nashua Dolphins), Loots Bosman (Nashua Dolphins), Johan Botha (Chevrolet Warriors), Mark Boucher (Chevrolet Warriors), AB de Villiers (Nashua Titans), JP Duminy (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Colin Ingram (Chevrolet Warriors), Jacques Kallis (Chevrolet Warriors), Ryan McLaren (Chevrolet Knights), Albie Morkel (Nashua Titans), Morne Morkel (Nashua Titans), Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Alviro Petersen (bizhub Highveld Lions), Robbie Peterson (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Ashwell Prince (Chevrolet Warriors), Dale Steyn (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Imran Tahir (Nashua Dolphins), Rusty Theron (Chevrolet Warriors), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Chevrolet Warriors).
CSA CEO Gerald Majola reported to the Board that negotiations were well advanced with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to grant icon status to future Test series between the Proteas and India with the likelihood of either four or five Tests being played when the sides next meet.
The India tour of South Africa this past season brought in record gate takings of R37-million as the Test and ODI series gripped the public imagination.
There is also every likelihood that there will be an annual Pro20 match between the two countries with a mix of cricket and entertainment following the success of this year’s inaugural match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The venue for this match will alternate between South Africa and India.
Members of the board of directors also attended the launch of the Magnificent Friday initiative to support the Proteas’ World Cup campaign in Port Elizabeth at Embizweni Square in New Brighton Township along with the Minister of Sport and Recreation, the honourable Fikile Mbalula, and his deputy, Mr Gert Oosthuizen.
This was followed by meeting between the CSA board and the minister at Axxess DSL St. George’s.
“In our road map we emphasized school sport, community sport, recreation, infrastructure and facilities, and transformation among other issues and we need to find out what is the role and contribution of Cricket South Africa to the Road Map,” commented the Minister.
“We ask you to be active and integral participants in our journey to the Provincial and National Sport Izindaba. We will not draft a transformation blue print without your inputs and participation by the end of this financial year.”