Mohammad Abbas is a right-arm fast bowler and right-handed batsman.
He was born in Sialkot, Punjab and has represented Pakistan at both Test and ODI level.
Abbas has quickly become one of the world’s best Test bowlers since making his international debut in 2017, with 90 wickets to his name at an exceptional average of 23.02 in just 25 appearances. He currently holds the sixth best bowling average of all active international bowlers and sits 18th 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 the 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 was first introduced to English domestic cricket throughout two seasons at Leicestershire in 2018 and 2019, where he showcased his ability to lead 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.
The overseas international rejoins Hampshire ahead of the 2022 campaign, having spent last season at the club. In his ten 2021 County Championship matches, Abbas took 41 wickets at an average of 15.87. He also produced five-wicket hauls on three occasions throughout the season - including his season's best figures of 6/11 against Middlesex.