Hampshire Secure Mohammad Abbas Signing For 2021

The Pakistan seamer has signed a deal to become the Club’s overseas player for the start of this year’s County Championship campaign

Hampshire Cricket are delighted to announce the signing of Pakistan pace bowler, Mohammad Abbas.

The 30-year-old seamer has signed a deal to become the Club’s overseas player for the start of this year’s County Championship campaign, putting pen-to-paper on a two-month red-ball contract for 2021.

Abbas has quickly become one of the world’s best Test bowlers since making his international debut in 2017, with 84 wickets to his name at an exceptional average of 22.80 in just 23 appearances. He currently holds the third best bowling average of all active international bowlers, behind only Jasprit Bumrah and Pat Cummins, and sits 12th in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings.

After impressing Pakistan’s national selectors through sustained domestic success in 2015 and 2016, Abbas burst onto the international scene four years ago, claiming his maiden Test wicket two deliveries into his debut against West Indies, before going on to record his first five-wicket haul in just his third Test appearance.

An incredible 2018 saw right-armer continue his meteoric rise, claiming 50 Test wickets in his first 10 Tests – becoming the fastest pace bowler to reach 50 Test wickets for Pakistan – as he was named PCB Test Player of the Year.

Further success followed in 2019 with Abbas continuing to be an integral part of Pakistan’s attack during series against South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka, before featuring in all three behind-closed-doors Tests during last summer’s tour of England.

Abbas is no stranger to English domestic cricket too having showcased his ability throughout two seasons at Leicestershire in 2018 and 2019. Leading the Foxes’ attack, he returned 79 wickets at an average of just 20.67 – including five five-wicket hauls – in 19 County Championship fixtures with the side.

We are really excited about the arrival of Mohammad Abbas. He is a bowler of the highest quality and to secure him for an early season Championship stint is a huge boost to the squad.

He joins Kyle Abbott as our second overseas signing and we are hopeful that they form a formidable pairing in early season conditions.

Giles White, Director Of Cricket

I’m really pleased to be joining Hampshire and I can’t wait to join up with the team this summer.

Mohammad Abbas

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