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Nottinghamshire CCC Sign Pakistan International Mohammad Abbas

 

Nottinghamshire have secured the services of Mohammad Abbas as overseas player for the opening nine matches of the 2020 County Championship season.

The 29-year-old has represented his country in 15 Tests since debuting in 2017, taking 66 wickets at 20.37 with four five-wicket hauls.
He joins England international Haseeb Hameed in making the move to Notts ahead of next season.

“He’s a high-calibre player. He came into Test cricket late, but his impact at that level has been fantastic; almost unprecedented actually,” said Nottinghamshire Head Coach Peter Moores, of Abbas.

“We also know from what he’s done with Leicestershire that he can perform in English conditions and can excel within a county schedule that can be quite demanding on quick bowlers.

“He’ll strengthen our bowling considerably, as well as being a mentor for our younger bowlers who can learn a lot from the way he plays the game.”

Abbas has enjoyed two previous summers in county cricket, taking 79 First-Class wickets in 19 matches for Leicestershire, averaging 20.67 and recording a five-wicket haul on five occasions.

The right-armer has also enjoyed success in his native Pakistan, topping the red-ball wicket-taking charts in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Overall, Abbas has taken 447 wickets across his First-Class career at 20.89, whilst securing 34 five-wicket and ten 10-wicket hauls.

The fast bowler will be available for nine Championship matches before Pakistan’s Test series with England in August.

“Trent Bridge is a brilliant venue to call home and I can’t wait to join Nottinghamshire next summer,” said Abbas.

“The club is steeped in history and I’m looking forward to giving my all to get them back up into the top division of Championship cricket.

“I’ve really enjoyed my past couple of summers playing in England and I’m excited for the domestic season to start again in April.”

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