Leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been added to South Africa's preliminary World Cup squad, Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed.
Tahir qualified to play for South Africa earlier this month and was named in the One-Day International squad which begins a five-match series against India on 12th January in Durban and he has now been added to the squad of players from which CSA will pick its 15-man World Cup squad.
Tahir, who represented Pakistan A before becoming a South African citizen, replaces batsman Jonathan Vandiar in South Africa's squad.
“We feel that we need to widen our bowling options,” CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson said.
“I have discussed the matter with Jonathan and I would like to express my gratitude to him for withdrawing gracefully. He knows he is very much part of our plans going forward.”
The World Cup gets underway on 19th February and competing teams have until 19th January to name their final 15-man squads for the tournament, which is being held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
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