Veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir will not be taking part in the current season of the Big Bash League (BBL) after informing Melbourne Renegades about his withdrawal due to personal reasons.
Tahir was expected to boost the Renegades' spin bowling department with his presence in the squad but his arrival in the team was postponed in light of the strict quarantine rules imposed by the Australian government.
Tahir, who was recently nominated by the ICC for T20I player of the decade, had earlier played in the rescheduled Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs last month for Multan Sultans with his team facing back-to-back defeats.
The vastly experienced 41-year-old's absence will be compensated by Afghan teen prodigy Noor Ahmad, according to Renegades head coach Michael Klinger.
“Imran’s a great player, so it is a loss, but at the same time, we’ve got Noor Ahmad – he’s a bowler people haven’t seen that much, so it might work in our favour,” Klinger observed.
"It is a loss but at the same time what a huge opportunity for young Noor to come in and have a huge impact on the BBL."
15-year-old Noor became the youngest player to play in the BBL when he bowled four overs against Hobart Hurricanes last week to return decent figures of 1/27.
Noor will additionally have to cover for fellow compatriot Mohammad Nabi's exodus from the league since the latter will be engaged in international duty.
"Noor will now be able to play a fair chunk of the season with Imad Wasim. Nabi has to go home for international duty," Klinger added.
Melbourne Renegades are ranked second to last in the BBL table at the moment and will be hoping to attain more victories to improve their standing.