Imran Tahir adds obscure UAE team to the long list of franchises he has represented

File image: Imran Tahir.

Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir played domestic cricket in the United Arab Emirates recently.

After a postponed stint with the Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League and before joining the Chennai Super Kings for the Indian Premier League, Tahir represented Inter Club Marine in the Bukhatir League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

“It wasn’t a plan. I had to come to Dubai to travel to Australia for the Big Bash, then I had to come back to Dubai again to go to PSL. With the sad situation we are living in with Covid-19, I had to be stable in one place,” Tahir was quoted as saying by the National News.

“Unfortunately, South Africa was under lockdown. I had to put my family somewhere. This was the right place as it was central, and I can travel around.

“I left them here and went to PSL. I came back, have played a little bit of club cricket, and it has been great. It is tough cricket here, a really good standard of cricket, and I wasn’t expecting that to be honest.”

He took three wickets in the Bukhatir League final, as Inter Club Marine triumphed over Atlas Foundation.

File image: Imran Tahir.

Globetrotter and Journeyman

The 41-year-old Tahir has played 20 Tests, 107 ODIs and 38 T20Is – and has represented 20-plus teams at domestic level.

Indian Premier League

  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Rising Pune Supergiants
  • Delhi Daredevils


  • Middlesex
  • Derbyshire
  • Hampshire
  • Durham
  • Surrey
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Warwickshire

South Africa

  • Easterns
  • Dolphins
  • Titans
  • Warriors
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

Caribbean Premier League

  • Guyana Amazon Warriors

Australia’s Big Bash League

  • Melbourne Renegades

Pakistan Super League

  • Multan Sultans

Bangladesh Premier League

  • Sylhet Thunder
  • Duronto Rajshahi