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Imran Tahir pays tribute to Junaid Jamshed during match celebration

South Africa’s Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir celebrated his wicket against Sri Lanka on Sunday by paying tribute to singer-turned-evangelist Junaid Jamshed, who died in a plane crash last month.

One of the world’s top spinners, Lahore-born Tahir has played more than 100 times for the Proteas since making his international debut in 2011, after becoming a South African citizen through marriage.

After dismissing Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne during the second T20 International match on Sunday, Tahir set off on a run in celebration, and lifted his shirt to reveal a portrait of Jamshed printed on his undershirt.

Tahir claimed a single wicket during the match, while Sri Lanka beat the hosts by three wickets after an exciting game at The Wanderers.

Since making his first-class debut in 1996-97, Tahir has played for ten teams from Lahore to Yorkshire to the Titans in South Africa. He has also had stints with three English counties, including Middlesex, Yorkshire and Hampshire.

PIA flight PK-661 carrying 48 passengers and crew crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on December 7 last year. The Civil Aviation Authority later confirmed there were no survivors from the ill-fated flight.

The passenger list revealed there were 31 men, nine women and two infants on board the flight, including Junaid Jamshed and his family, as well as three foreigners.

The ATR-42 aircraft departed from Chitral at around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm but crashed in Havelian near Abbottabad shortly after a distress call was sent to the control tower

courtesy : dawn news



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