Leicestershire has signed Mohammad Abbas for a second summer as his player overseas, after the Pakistan quarterback enjoyed a prolific debut season in county cricket.
Abbas claimed 50 wickets at 17.72 in Division Two of the Championship, including a 10-for-52 run in his final game, against Durham. Leicestershire finished a respectable fifth in the table, its best position since 2010, and agreed to an agreement for Abbas to return in 2019, when he will also be available to play in the Royal London Cup.
He was awarded the title of his County in September, having presented in ten championship matches on the sides of the Pakistan Tests against England and Ireland. He also played nine times in the Vitality Blast, taking seven fields.
"Mo has been an absolute class act this year," said Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon. "His bowling has been extraordinary, constantly asking questions of hitters hitting the edge on both sides, he is world class, a humble man who is a brilliant role model."
"Even when Mo was away taking land for Pakistan before this year, he kept in touch and wished us luck before the games. He has played a very important role in our success this season. We were absolutely delighted to reward Mo with his county hat recently, and it's great that he returns next season. "
Abbas, who was the Man of the Series against England when Pakistan drew 1-1, has taken 42 wickets in his eight appearances in the Test to date will be back in action next month, when Pakistan hosts Australia for a series of two tests in the UAE.
However, Pakistan will focus on preparing for the Cup. 2019., currently have no scheduled tests between February and October, when they will visit Sri Lanka, which means that it is likely that Abbas will be available to play a full season in Leicestershire.
"I really enjoyed my time at the cricket club from the county of Leicestershire, "Abbas said." Everyone has made me and my family very welcome. I have enjoyed the opportunity to be a senior bowler, and I look forward to coming back next year. "