On Wednesday, exciting news hit the cricket world as Mohammad Abbas signed a two-year deal with Hampshire County Cricket Club. The Pakistani fast bowl
On Wednesday, exciting news hit the cricket world as Mohammad Abbas signed a two-year deal with Hampshire County Cricket Club. The Pakistani fast bowler has extensively played for his national side for the past five years and is the second highest ranked bowler in the Test format currently.
Abbas’ signing is a major coup for Hampshire, as the 29-year-old’s experience and skill will be a great asset to the club. It is yet another example of an international star committing to English County Cricket, further enhancing the standard of this highly competitive domestic league.
The right-arm paceman has welcomed the move as a great opportunity to further develop as a bowler. Abbas said “I am very pleased to have signed with Hampshire. It will be a great opportunity for me to develop my knowledge of the game by working with some of the greatest minds in cricket.”
The club has expressed its delight in landing Abbas, with Chairman Rod Bransgrove describing him as “one of the most admired bowlers in world cricket”.
Abbas has had a tremendous past year and a half, only being dismissed nine times in 15 Tests and snaring as many as 78 wickets. This signing further cements his reputation as one of the top bowlers currently in the game and Hampshire will be hoping this stellar form continues throughout his tenure.
The cricket world is certainly buzzing from this news, and all eyes will be on Abbas as he completes his move to Hampshire and begins his journey in England’s County Cricket circles.
Mohammad Abbas Signs Two-Year Hampshire Deal
Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has signed a two-year contract with Hampshire. The 32-year-old joins the club on an international deal and will be available for the majority of the 2021 County Season.
Abbas has had a successful international career, making his One Day International debut in 2017 and taking an impressive 89 wickets in the longest format of the game. He brings a wealth of experience to the table, having played in over 100 first-class matches and won the Player of the Series award for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
The two-year deal comes with a mutual option for the 2022 season. Abbas will be joining Hampshire with immediate effect, and will be available for the majority of the season, starting with the Specsavers County Championship Division One fixtures.
Hampshire are confident that Abbas will bring a new dimension to the team’s bowling attack. He is expected to share the bulk of the new-ball duties with outgoing overseas bowler Dale Steyn. Abbas will also provide a spin alternative with the ball and has the potential to forge a successful partnership with Hampshire’s spinner Brad Wheal.
The club will be expecting Abbas to make an impact both on and off the field. He is a highly respected figure within the game and is known for his strength of character – something Hampshire will be hoping to benefit from when the pressure is on during crucial matches.
The signing of Mohammad Abbas is an exciting development for Hampshire and their fans. It promises to be an intriguing season ahead as Abbas seeks to help the team compete for silverware.
With the added depth and experience he brings to the side, the club will be confident that this deal can help the team achieve its ambitions in 2021.