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Pakistan star Muhammad Abbas to return to Leicestershire in 2019

Pakistan star Muhammad Abbas to return to Leicestershire in 2019
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Leicestershire CCC is delighted to announce that Pakistan international star Muhammad Abbas will return as the club’s frontline overseas player for the 2019 season.

Abbas has made a huge impression in his first campaign at the Fischer County Ground and will play for Leicestershire CCC in the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup next season.

The 28-year-old pace ace has been an integral part of a Foxes team that has been much-improved in the Specsavers County Championship this term. Abbas has taken 50 wickets at just 17.72 apiece in his first season at the club.

Abbas’ control and threat have been hugely impressive, and the young Leicestershire CCC bowlers have also learnt a great deal from him.

His immense contribution led Abbas to being awarded his county cap by Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon before the Specsavers County Championship game against Durham CCC.

A world-class seam bowler who moves the ball both ways, Abbas has an incredible test match record of 42 wickets at an average of only 17.69 in eight matches.

Abbas was named man of the series when Pakistan visited England for a two-test series this summer. He took ten wickets, including consecutive four-wicket hauls at Lord’s in his first appearance on the ground.

He said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Leicestershire County Cricket Club. Everybody has made me and my family feel very welcome. I have relished the chance to be a senior bowler, and I am looking forward to coming back next year.”

Nixon said: “Mo [Muhammad Abbas] has been an absolute class act this year. His bowling has been outstanding, constantly asking the batsmen questions by beating the edge on both sides. He is world-class; a humble man who is a brilliant role model.

“Even when Mo was away taking wickets for Pakistan earlier this year, he kept in touch and wished us well before matches. He has played a huge role in our success this season. We were absolutely delighted to award Mo with his county cap recently, and it is great that he will be returning next season.”

©Cricket World 2018