No Surrey contract for Tanvir
Pakistan’s discarded all-rounder Sohail Tanvir received a major blow on Thursday when it was confirmed that he will not be playing for English county Surrey this season.
According to London-based cricket website pakpassion.net, the left-armer will be unable to take the field for Surrey because of visa problems.
It was widely reported that Tanvir who has represented Pakistan on 46 occasions mainly in the shorter versions of the game was due to sign for the London-based County, who have been represented in the past by leading Pakistani cricketers such as Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq, Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Akhtar.
However, the deal has fallen through due to problems with Tanvir not being able to get the required Visa.
“I’m very disappointed as the opportunity at Surrey would have been a great chance to further develop my game and to get some match practice ahead of the Champions Trophy trial matches,” Tanvir was quoted as saying on Thursday.
The Rawalpindi-based Tanvir has had an indifferent run with the Pakistan team in recent times and also failed to impress in June’s ICC World Twenty championship in England. He was overlooked for the tour of Sri Lanka by Pakistani Sri Lanka but managed to find a place in the 30-man preliminary squad for the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled to get underway in South Africa from September 22.
Tanvir was a tremendous success at the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last summer when he finished as the most successful bowlers of the cash-rich event. But since then his performance has gone downhill and the player is finding it hard to regain his place in the national team.