Imran Tahir, a renowned former spinner for South Africa, is presently playing for the MI Emirates team in the International League T20 (ILT20). Six teams are competing in the ILT20’s first edition, which is being held in the United Arab Emirates. Tahir spoke about not participating in many competitions across the globe as he entered the field for the Emirates squad. Tahir’s last game was in September of last year for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League.

Tahir’s last IPL game was in 2020, but he hasn’t been picked up since then in the auction.

Tahir said that most organizations don’t invest in him due to his advancing age when questioned about his involvement in the leagues. The outstanding South African is 43.

“I previously had a platform. People often inquire about my age. No money is spent on me by them. I have to prove my value to them every time I enter the earth. I play for my self-respect rather than for the money. I’ve never had a significant deal. Throughout my T20I career, I haven’t played for a large contract, Tahir stated at a news conference.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians Emirates opened their season with a commanding 49-run victory against Sharjah Warriors in the international league T20 event here, riding Muhammad Waseem’s brilliant 71-ball knock.

After being allowed to bat, MI Emirates scored 204 in 20 overs before coming back to hold the Warriors to 155 for 9 on Saturday night.

The West Indies trio of Nicholas Pooran (49), Kieron Pollard (22), and Dwayne Bravo provided strong assistance for Waseem (20).

Waseem of the UAE batted first and smashed five fours and as many sixes in 39 balls.

Chris Woakes and Junaid Siddiqui each claimed two wickets for the Sharjah squad, while Mohammad Nabi claimed one but surrendered 50 runs.