LONDON: Warwickshire have announced that Pakistan pacer Hassan Ali will join the club for next season.
Ali’s deal will see him play the full T20 Blast campaign and the County Championship until the end of July.
The right-armer, who is currently out of the national side, is looking forward to playing for the club and is eager to join the squad.
“I’m delighted to sign for Warwickshire as they are an ambitious club and Edgbaston is a ground I’ve always enjoyed playing at,” Ali was quoted as saying in a press release by Warwickshire.
“I hope I can help the team with my experience and contribute to some wins, maybe even a trophy,” he added.
The 28-year-old has starred for T20 sides around the world while also making 131 international appearances.
He’s taken almost 200 T20 wickets for sides including Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
He was the leading wicket-taker with 13 during the 2017 Champions Trophy for Pakistan, at an average of 14.69, and was named the Player of the Tournament.
First Team Coach Mark Robinson is hopeful that Ali will quickly become a fans’ favourite.
“Hassan made a real statement at Lancashire with some match winning performances. It was his first spell in English county cricket but he settled in seamlessly and that experience will undoubtedly help him going into a second season,” said Robinson.
“He’ll play a major role for us in both the Championship and the T20 Blast with his stay running from the start of the season and ending at the end of July.
“He’s an established international bowler and a fantastic addition to our attack giving us something different to what we already have.”