Leg-spinner will be available for the opening three games of the competition
Worcestershire Rapids have signed Pakistan international leg-spinner Usama Mir to provide cover for Mitchell Santner for the opening three matches of the 2023 Vitality Blast.
Mir, 27, is available for the away game with Northamptonshire Steelbacks on May 24 and the home fixtures with Yorkshire Vikings on May 26 and Leicestershire Foxes on May 29.
Worcestershire Cricket Steering Group Chair, Paul Pridgeon, confirmed the signing: “We have signed Usama Mir for the first three games of the Blast following Mitchell Santner’s side reaching the knockout stages of the IPL.
“He is a leg spinner who bats a bit, and he is already in the country. He is playing club cricket for Colwyn Bay and got 140 odd for them on Saturday.
“He has played the last six ODIs for Pakistan and made a good impression, and he has also had a good impact in the most recent Pakistan Super League, which is a good pedigree.
“We hope that Usama can help us get off to a good start in the Blast before Mitchell joins us for the rest of the competition.”
The leg-spinner took to Twitter, to express his excitement for the upcoming challenge.
Alhamdulilah 🤲🏻— Usama Mir (@iamusamamir) May 19, 2023
Can’t wait to join 😍 https://t.co/v9RTBKjoR9
The signing of Mir is a major boost for Worcestershire Rapids. He is a talented bowler who can add a lot of variety to the Rapids' attack. He will be hoping to help the Rapids win their opening three matches of the Vitality Blast and get off to a good start to the season.