Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir could be in line to make his debut for South Africa in the decisive Cape Town Test against India - which begins on 2nd January - after he completed his qualification to play for the Proteas.
"Imran Tahir, the former Pakistan A team leg-spinner, is now fully eligible to play cricket for South Africa following the decision by the South African government to grant him permanent residency,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola said.
“He also qualifies in terms of the International Cricket Council regulations to be eligible to play for South Africa after his four-year break between last playing for Pakistan A and playing in South Africa for this period.
“Imran has made South Africa his home and has been married for some time to a South African. He has been a leading wicket taker in the top South African domestic competitions for the past few seasons and is highly respected by both his colleagues and his opponents.
“He certainly becomes a contender for selection to the Proteas squad now that he has met all the Government, ICC and CSA regulations regarding his new nationality," he added.
Tahir has taken 530 first-class wickets in 127 matches, playing for the Dolphins, Titans, Hampshire and Warwickshire - who he helped win the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition last season.
In early 2010, he was bizarrely called up and subsequently released from the national squad when it was eventually discovered that he was not yet eligible to play.
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