Warwickshire County Cricket Club has signed up celebrated Pakistani pace bowler Hassan Ali to the Club’s bowling attack for next season.
“Ali is our first overseas signing for 2023 and he’s agreed a deal that will see him play the full Vitality Blast campaign, including any potential knockout games, and the LV= Insurance County Championship until the end of July,” the club said in a statement.
The 28-year-old has around 200 T20 wickets for teams like Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Super League. He has also played 131 times for his country (CSL).
Ali made his debut in English cricket last season at Lancashire where he bagged cult hero status during a brief red ball contract.
After four weeks, he has taken the most wickets in Division One of the County Championship, with 25 in five games for an average of 20.60.
He added: “I’m delighted to sign for Warwickshire as they are an ambitious club and Edgbaston is a ground I’ve always enjoyed playing at.
“I hope I can help the team with my experience and contribute to some wins, maybe even a trophy.”
When Edgbaston stars Blast Off, a brand-new double-header curtain-raiser to the Vitality Blast season in 2023, Hassan Ali is expected to be one of many international stars on display.
Ali made his Pakistan debut in 2016 before really making his mark on the global stage in his first major tournament the 2017 Champions Trophy.