Ra­mazan won’t put me in a spin: Tahir

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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

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