Qais Ahmad has been signed by Gloucestershire as their overseas player for the 2020 season.
The Afghan spinner will be available for all matches of the T20 Blast and will also feature for the last six games in Division One County Championship.
While Qais hasn’t represented Afghanistan in limited overs fixtures, he has been a star attraction for the leagues all around the world. He was recently picked for the Welsh Fire – team affiliated with Gloucestershire – in the fourth round of the draft of Hundred tournament.
“I am extremely happy to have signed for Gloucestershire for the T20 Blast and then the County Championship,” said Qais as quoted by Gloucestershire CCC.
“It is a great honour for me to join Gloucestershire after they had such a successful 2019. Having played T20 cricket around the world I have always wanted to play first class cricket in England to develop my red ball skills. I am looking forward to working with Richard Dawson.”
Qais was recently re-signed by Hobart Hurricanes after impressing with the franchise in the earlier season where he replaced Tymal Mills in the squad.
He recently made his Test debut against Bangladesh, picking up the wicket of off-spinner Mehidy Hasan as Afghanistan recorded their landmark win.
“I’m delighted that Qais has agreed to join us for next season as the Club enters it’s first season in Division One since 2004,” said head coach Richard Dawson.
“We had a very strong season in 2019 and Qais will help take us to the next level in both the long and short formats with his game-changing skills. He’s one of the most exciting young spinners in the world and I’m looking forward to seeing him add a new dimension to our T20 and County Championship squads.”