Ramazan won’t put me in a spin: Tahir
NEW DELHI—When Ramazan starts, Imran Tahir will begin juggling the demands of observing
One of the world’s top spinners, Pakistanborn Tahir has played more than 100 times for the Proteas since making his international debut in 2011, after becoming a South African citizen through marriage.
In his native country, the team regularly prays together on the field during internationals and the lunch break is extended on Fridays, so players and fans can attend the weekly services at the nearest mosque.
And in Bangladesh, the only other Muslimmajority Test-playing nation, facilities have been set aside to enable fans to pray at the ground.
Tahir is one of five Muslims to have been selected for the South African squad taking part in the tri-nation ODI series with the West Indies and Australia in the Caribbean that begins on Friday and runs until June 26.
They include former skipper Hashim Amla, who along with Tahir has been given special dispensation not to sport the logo of Castle lager, the team’s major sponsor, as Muslims are forbidden from drinking alcohol.
Muslims are normally expected to fast from dawn to dusk during the month of Ramazan, which begins in different parts of the world this coming Tuesday or Wednesday.
But they are allowed to refrain from fasting if they are away from home, as in the case of Tahir while he is in the West Indies.
Tahir said that even if he did not observe a fast on a particular match day, he would still make it up at a later stage.—AFP