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Sharjeel Khan to play for Leicestershire in 2017 NatWest T20 Blast

Sharjeel Khan has played 28 international matches for Pakistan
Sharjeel Khan has played 28 international matches for Pakistan
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Pakistan batsman Sharjeel Khan has been signed up by Leicestershire for the 2017 NatWest Twenty20 Blast as the second overseas player.

Sharjeel, who has made a name for himself as an attacking opening batsman, represented Islamabad United in the 2016 Pakistan Super League and emerged as the third highest run-getter with 299 runs from 11 games.

Wasim Khan, the chief executive of Leicestershire said that the club is pleased to sign Sharjeel for the 2017 season, beating competition from other counties.

“I am aware that there was keen interest from other counties, so I am delighted that we have managed to secure someone of Sharjeel’s ability for the duration of the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast campaign,” he said.

“He is a powerful hitter who will offer us another option as a T20 opener. We have been watching Sharjeel closely this summer, when he has caught the eye of many with his dynamic ball striking.”

Thanking Leicestershire for the opportunity to play county cricket, Sharjeel said that he will be keen to follow the footsteps of the likes of Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Umar Akmal.

“It has been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I would like to thank Leicestershire for this great opportunity,” he said.

“A number of fine Pakistan batsmen have played for Leicestershire over the years including Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Umar Akmal, and I’m pleased to be following in their footsteps.”

In the 2016 NatWest Twenty20 Blast, Leicestershire finished at the bottom of the North Group points table with four wins from 14 games.

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