Tuesday 16 October 2007 

Surrey Add Pakistan Paceman Asif To Their Ranks

Surrey have signed a deal with Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif to be their overseas player for the 2008 season.

Coming on the back of their recruiting of former international bowlers Saqlain Mushtaq and Pedro Collins, the signing of Asif further strengthens their bowling attack for the coming season.

Asif played as an overseas player for Leicestershire in the 2006 season, impressing during his short stay with the club and has taken 51 test wickets for his country since making his debut in 2005.

Surrey cricket manager Alan Butcher said: "In Mohammad we have acquired one of the world's best new ball bowlers.

"He has the high quality skills required to get wickets at the Brit Oval; skills that I hope will be passed on to our younger bowlers.

“He will form a major part of what is looking like an exciting bowling attack."

Meanwhile, Mohammad Akram has left Surrey after taking 91 wickets in 31 county championship appearances for the county.

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