South Africa's convener of selectors, Andrew Hudson, has claimed that axed leg-spinner Imran Tahir remained part of their future Test plans.
Tahir was left out of the Proteas' Test squad on Thursday for the upcoming home series against New Zealand, leaving many to think the Pakistan-born spinner's days at international level are numbered.
Tahir had a disastrous recent series in Australia, where he conceded 260 runs without taking a wicket in the second Test in Adelaide, and was subsequently dropped for the final Test in Perth when the Proteas clinched the series 1-0.
His replacement, Robin Peterson, took six vital wickets to help South Africa win by 309 runs.
Peterson was on Thursday named as the frontline spinner for the two-Test New Zealand series, which starts at Newlands on January 2.
However, Hudson explained that all is not lost for the 33-year-old Tahir.
"It was a tough call to leave out Imran Tahir but we have to acknowledge that Robin Peterson put up an outstanding performance at Perth where he made a significant contribution to our victory," Sport24 quoted Hudson, as saying.
"Imran remains very much in our plans going forward," he added.
The Proteas play thee T20 games, two Tests and three ODI against the Kiwis. (ANI)