Imran Tahir was released by South Africa for the remainder of his T20 series against Zimbabwe so that the hosts' selectors can closely observe the left arm wrist Tabraiz Shamsi.

Tahir took 10 windows, including a "hat-trick" on one day's internationals last week and claimed five windows in just 17 installments to finish with the best result of his career 5 23 in the opening T20I against Zimbabwe in East London on Tuesday. Twice he has also opened the bowling alley, which adds to his already formidable skill in white-ball cricket.

"I'm glad it's going well at the moment," said the exaggerated Tahir after his winning performance. "From time to time it will be a great challenge to throw the ball with only two men, but I am ready for the challenge, I really want to learn and experience, and see where I am. Another extreme, it makes my job easier. "

While still a vital part of South Africa's plans for the World Cup next year, Tahir's workload has often been handled by team management. He was also left out of the Sri Lankan tour earlier this year to give Coach Ottis Gibson a chance to see what other South African spinners can do.

The absence of Tahir will bring pressure and opportunity for Shamsi, the only Spinner Specialist left in the South African squad. Shamsi has yet to secure a spot in two limited matches against Zimbabwe, and has fought in the shadow of Tahir.

In Paarl's Oarl, Shamsi recorded the most expensive figures of a South African against Zimbabwe, with 72 runs in 10 In addition, and in the first T20, he was on the receiving end of Peter Moor's cargo: the Zimbabwean exceeded four six in a career of 25 races.

As the series progresses to the highest level during two games in Potchefstroom and Benoni, it was always less likely that South Africa even chose two spinners in its XI game. With Tahir gone, Shamsi has the opportunity to show coaches and selectors where he could fit into his plans.


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