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Proteas star Imran Tahir signed by Surrey for T20 Blast

Wed, 15th May 2019

Imran Tahir of South Africa

English county side Surrey have announced the signing of South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir for their 2019 T20 Blast campaign.

The veteran 40-year-old will be Surrey's second overseas player for the competition (after Australian batsman Aaron Finch) and will join them in time for their first game against Essex on 19 July.

Tahir, who will feature for the Proteas at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and retire from ODIs at the end of the tournament, has taken more than 300 wickets in T20 cricket and played for Chennai Super Kings in Sunday's Indian Premier League final.

"Surrey are a massive club and it will be great if I can contribute to helping them win another trophy," he said.

Tahir has previously played county cricket for Derbyshire, Durham, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and Yorkshire.

"Imran is a proven match-winner and with his vast experience of international, county and franchise cricket will be a huge asset to us," director of cricket Alec Stewart told the Surrey website.