Tahir confirms retirement plan

03 October 2018 08:54:09 EST

Veteran spinner Imran Tahir has said he could call time on his international career after next year's World Cup.

The 39-year-old, who is ranked in the world's top 10 bowlers in both one-day and Twenty20 internationals, was recently rested from South Africa duty to allow his country's selectors to assess back-up other options like fellow wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and orthodox left-armer Keshav Maharaj.

I am loving the game at the moment, but I will admit that if we win the World Cup I will probably call it

Imran Tahir

"I am loving the game at the moment, but I will admit that if we win the World Cup I will probably call it," he said.

"It's too early to say but at the moment I am enjoying every opportunity that I get to play for South Africa. I am trying to go as long as I can, I want to make sure I enjoy my game and I give what the team requires from me. I also don't want to overstay in the team, I want to leave with respect.

"It is nice to see the spinners coming up. Shamsi has done well and deserves to be where he is at right now. I am looking forward to share my knowledge with him and with all the spinners that I will get to play with.

"I always try to help spinners as much as I can wherever I play in the world."

Tahir played for Durham, his seventh county, in this year's Vitality Blast and is likely to carry on in Twenty20 tournaments around the globe once his Proteas days are behind him.

South Africa are 7/1 to win the 2019 World Cup, while England are 5/2 and India are priced at 3/1.

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