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Tahir trains with Qadir in Lahore

Umar Farooq

May 29, 2012

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Abdul Qadir passes on a few tips to Imran Tahir, Lahore, May 29, 2012
Abdul Qadir: "He [Imran Tahir] sought my guidelines regarding the finger googly and using flight as a weapon." © AFP
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Abdul Qadir, the former Pakistan legspinner, has said he rues the fact that the Lahore-born Imran Tahir went on to play for South Africa and not Pakistan. Tahir had met Qadir in Lahore on Tuesday, and will remain in Pakistan for the rest of the week, for personalised training sessions in preparation for South Africa's tour of England in July.

The pair had worked on increasing the variations in Tahir's bowling. "He is here to enhance his variations, and sought my guidelines regarding the finger googly and using flight as a weapon," Qadir told ESPNcricinfo. "He is very keen to learn more and I love to help him, because he applies what I teach him. I have only shared the googly information with him and Shahid Afridi."

Qadir is confident of Tahir making an impression in England. "England [have always] struggled against spin bowling a lot, but once it comes to their home conditions, they are good. I have shared my past experiences with Tahir, told him how to counter English batsman in their own conditions … I am optimistic that he will make an impact with his improved bowling."

Tahir, who has played seven Tests for South Africa, played cricket in Pakistan from 1996 to 2006. "My relations with Imran aren't something new," Qadir said. "I've know this boy since he was playing in the Under-19 team here; he had tremendous talent and I was urging the [Pakistan] board to try him. I still regret not having this boy in Pakistan colours, but I am proud of him."

Tahir was once part of the Pakistan A team and was one of the popular legspinners on the Pakistani domestic circuit in 90s. He was team-mates with Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq in 1996, in the Under-19 squad that played against England and Australia.

"He has played an ample amount of cricket in Pakistan, it's unfortunate that we couldn't have him playing for Pakistan," Qadir said. "He was so hardworking and a good learner, and always wanted to play cricket on the big stage. He eventually got there, where he always wanted to get.

"This is not the first time he has come up to me for tips, he was consistently in touch with me and always visits me when he is here in Lahore."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by I on (May 31, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

@landl47 And let's not forget, there's a reason England didn't prepare adequately for the tour - they felt they didn't need to. A lot of the test side were lounging around doing nothing for a long, long time after the less-than-strenuous India series. Had they taken the opposition more seriously, there would have been no problem organising better preparation for them - it's not hard to put together first-class practice matches if you're England. The standard line before the series was that it would be a walk in the park (check Zaltzman's column for a decent summary on this mindset), anything less than a 3-0 whitewash would be a disappointment. At least there was a whitewash, so that part didn't disappoint.

Posted by I on (May 31, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

@landl47 Alright, England lost because they were under-prepared. Now explain their subsequent loss to a weaker Sri Lankan side. And no need to compare apples and oranges in the shorter formats, vastly different teams competed in those, and Pakistan have done themselves no favours in ODIs over the last 2 years with outdated tactics and poor selection. And let's not pretend we're making anything up here, the word "ordinary" was thrown around everywhere by fans and professional English commentators alike when they were playing in the UAE. The results speak for themselves.

Posted by John on (May 30, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

@jimmy2s: You're quite wrong. Both England's players and supporters are respectful of other countries' teams. England lost the test series in UAE because their batsmen hadn't played any first-class cricket for 3 months and were under-prepared. So well were the lessons learned that England won 6 out of the 7 shorter-format games that followed the test series. England might lose to SA (I have great respect for the quality of the SA seam attack and their 4 world-class batsmen), but even if they do I'll promise you two things: SA won't win with ease and they won't win because of Tahir.

Posted by Indian on (May 30, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

Hahaha Anil Kumble was the Best Spinner among india and pakistan...check his stats and compare haha

Posted by Zee on (May 30, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

It is incorrect to say that Pakistani players do not go to the legends to learn. They all have. Imran Khan, Wasim, Waqar, Abdul Qadir - all have taught (even if informally) the next generation of Pak cricketers. That's what makes the Pakistani team competitive all the time.

Posted by Mainuddin on (May 30, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Imran Tahir is extremely overrated and ordinary spinner. Paul Harris would have been a better option of the Saffers.

Posted by Saad on (May 30, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

imran tahir is a great bowler in the making..i hope he does very well for south africa but not when he is playing against pakiatan...LOL

Posted by Dave on (May 30, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Good luck to Tahir. He is a great servant to this sport - and has made South Africa his home. Loved by Saffas and Pakistanis(I think)

Posted by Wicky on (May 30, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

@landl47,u seem to have zero knowledge of leg spin as u tryng to defy king of leg spin 4 obvious reasns as it was usd to be one man show in late 80's when qadir bowld at poms,i hope u remembr 54/9 against ur team,learn to admire d legnds which r nt 4rm ur team,even warne usd to learn 4rm qadir,imran would also prove a handful against ur team

Posted by Imi on (May 30, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

View his First Class record. Know that he worked very very hard for his plaudits.

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