Abbas renews contract with Leicestershire for next season

Pacer has taken over 50 wickets in his first stint with the county side

Abbas renews contract with Leicestershire for next season PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Abbas will return to Leicestershire CCC for the next season, the club revealed on Friday after securing the overseas signing.

The right-arm quick made a huge impression in his first campaign with the Foxes in County Championship Division Two.

The 28-year-old has taken 50 wickets at just 17.72 apiece in his first season at the club.

Abbas — who moves the ball both ways – was named man of the series when Pakistan toured England this summer. He took ten wickets in the series which includes two four-wicket hauls at Lord’s.

He has so far picked up 42 wickets at an average of only 17.69 in only eight Test matches for Pakistan.

Speaking on this occasion, Abbas said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Leicestershire County Cricket Club. Everybody has made me and my family feel very welcome. I have relished the chance to be a senior bowler, and I am looking forward to coming back next year.”

Meanwhile Foxes coach Paul Nixon said: “Mo [Muhammad Abbas] has been an absolute class act this year. His bowling has been outstanding, constantly asking the batsmen questions by beating the edge on both sides. He is world-class; a humble man who is a brilliant role model.”

Nixon added: “Even when Mo was away taking wickets for Pakistan earlier this year, he kept in touch and wished us well before matches. He has played a huge role in our success this season. We’re absolutely delighted that Mo will be returning next season.”