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Tahir, Ingram given CSA contracts

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February 25, 2011

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Imran Tahir celebrates the fall of a West Indian wicket, South Africa v West Indies, World Cup, Group B, Delhi, February 24, 2011
Imran Tahir has been given a contract with the South African board after having just played one international match for them © Getty Images
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A day after he produced the best bowling performance by a South Africa player on debut in a World Cup, Imran Tahir has been awarded a national contract by Cricket South Africa. Also joining the list of contracted players was Colin Ingram, the left-hand batsman who is part of South Africa's World Cup squad but did not feature in Thursday's game against West Indies

The two players are part of a list of 20 who have been given one-year contracts starting from May 1. Only two players in South Africa's current World Cup fifteen have not been given contracts: allrounder Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper-batsman Morne van Wyk. Loots Bosman, Albie Morkel, Rusty Theron and Ryan McLaren were given contracts despite not having made the cut for the fifteen.

The CSA can contract up to 22 players so there is the possibility of another couple of players being offered contracts at any point during the twelve-month period.

du Plessis has played just one ODI for South Africa, while van Wyk has only played two in the last three years. The Pakistani-born legspinner Tahir was only granted South African citizenship in January, and giving him a contract underlines South Africa's aim to make him an important part of their squad in all formats.

Ingram is a highly-rated hard-hitting 25-year-old batsman, and though his one-day career so far has been up and down - some of which may be due to the fact that he has not batted in a settled position - a contract should give him some assurance of his place in South Africa's setup. Overlooked for a contract was David Miller, another left-hand batsman who was given an ODI cap before Ingram, and made an impressive start to his international career only to fade away in the last few months, leading to his exclusion from the World Cup squad.

In another announcement, the CSA chief Gerald Majola said the board was in well-advanced negotiations with the BCCI to grant icon status to future Test series between South Africa and India with the likelihood of either four or five Tests being played when the sides next meet.

The India tour of South Africa in 2010-11, which included three Tests, a one-off Twenty20 international and five one-dayers, brought in record gate takings for the country. There are also plans, according to CSA, to stage an annual Twenty20 match between the two countries with a mix of cricket and entertainment. The venue for this match will alternate between South Africa and India.

CSA's contracted players from May 2011 to May 2012: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Loots Bosman, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robbie Peterson, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe


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Posted by Gavin on (February 26, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

SA finally have a good import, after losing about a billion players to england over the last few years. Tahir seems to be the best leg spinner in the workd right now, and I cant see why pakistan have ignored him. Considering Pakistan politics, I cant say Im surprised though.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 26, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

Good luck to him , must have played for pakistan but still believe that he will make his present felt in the strong SA team.

Posted by arvind on (February 26, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

The icon series would be named Pollock-Tendulkar similar to Border-Gavaskar

Posted by Amahl on (February 26, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

We can discuss who SHOULD have been given a contract here all day. However, the players who have received contracts have deserved them. Tahir has slogged long and hard to reach this SA team and looks to be the real deal, a genuine attacking spin bowler that suits SA's style, not the defensive, containing bowlers that they have had over the last few years such as Boje and Harris. Botha has improved but Tahir is a more threatening bowler and would definitely be a potent option in test cricket, something SA have lacked. Ingram too has shown fantastic signs and could definitely replace Kallis in the long term when the great man retires. He has shown good temperament and ability in the limited opportunities he has had.

Posted by Masood on (February 26, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

I will appreciate if Tahir goes with SA in every match as he is much mature to handle pressure. Further this is really amazing that he is from Pakistan. what a loss by them and benefit to SA.

Posted by Jonathan on (February 26, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

Paul Harris has also been left out :-O Sigh.... so much for the holding job.

Posted by Greg on (February 26, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

How totally odd! Give Albie Morkel a contract as well as Loots Bosman and Ryan McLaren - ALL overlooked for the World Cup ... and don't give to Morne van Wyk who is there? What is that about - just use the guy for all his nerve and experience during the most critical competition in cricket ... and without any security? And David Miller ... what sort of vote of confidence is that? And why would you announce this DURING the World cup. Administrators getting it all wrong in South African sport once again!

Posted by ryan on (February 26, 2011, 4:46 GMT)

I think not giving Morne van wyk and David miller contracts is a bad decision as both have proved their over the last few years in the domestic competions.I also think giving Alviro Petersen a contract is a bad idea as he has not really proven himself at international level. What happened to Neil Mckenzie he and Graeme Smith were beginning to form a good partnership opening in tests for South Africa

Posted by kryon on (February 25, 2011, 21:43 GMT)

Smart people sa,eng,irish cricket boards.why bother to generate talents when you can import one...?subcontinent teams can also apply this idea....

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