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Nottinghamshire sign Mohammad Abbas for nine matches of 2020 County Championship
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Nottinghamshire sign Mohammad Abbas for nine matches of 2020 County Championship

Mohammad Abbas will play for Nottinghamshire as their overseas recruit in the opening nine fixtures of next year's County Championship season.

The right-arm paceman enjoyed a productive stint with Leicestershire over the last two summers but has now decided to make the move to Nottinghamshire.

He claimed 79 first-class wickets boasting an average of 20.67 across 19 appearances for Leicestershire.

Abbas is the second player, alongside England international Haseeb Hameed, to have made the move to Nottinghamshire for the 2020 County Championship.

“Trent Bridge is a brilliant venue to call home and I can’t wait to join Nottinghamshire next summer,” Abbas was quoted as saying by the club's website.

“The club is steeped in history and I’m looking forward to giving my all to get them back up into the top division of Championship cricket.

“I’ve really enjoyed my past couple of summers playing in England and I’m excited for the domestic season to start again in April."

A vital cog in Pakistan's Test line-up, the 29-year-old will be expected to be engaged in national duty for the three-Test series against England scheduled to commence towards the end of July next summer.

Abbas' previous trip to England reaped rewards for him as he picked eight wickets during his team's commandeering nine-wicket triumph at Lord's last year.

Although his red-ball numbers reign supreme when compared to compatriot pacers in the current bowling attack, Abbas has failed to maintain similar levels of success after he contracted a shoulder injury in November 2018.

He was contentiously dropped during the recent Test series opener against Australia in Brisbane before making the final cut for the subsequent game at the Adelaide Oval where he went wicketless.

His overall statistics of 447 wickets across 103 first-class matches at 20.89 grant him a formidable reputation with the ball.

“He’s a high-calibre player. He came into Test cricket late, but his impact at that level has been fantastic; almost unprecedented actually,” Peter Moores, Nottinghamshire head coach, reacted to the signing.

“We also know from what he’s done with Leicestershire that he can perform in English conditions and can excel within a county schedule that can be quite demanding on quick bowlers.

“He’ll strengthen our bowling considerably, as well as being a mentor for our younger bowlers who can learn a lot from the way he plays the game.”