Mohammad Abbas will feature for Leicestershire © Getty Images
Mohammad Abbas will feature for Leicestershire © Getty Images

Mohammad Abbas and Sohail Khan are heading to County Cricket after having successful stints for Pakistan. Both players have been named Leicestershire’s overseas players for 2018. Abbas will play Leicestershire’s opening County tie with Sussex but will miss out on few games due to Pakistan duties. Sohail will fill in for Abbas in his absence and will also feature for the whole of one-day domestic championship as well. Abbas, however, will continue to play for the T20 Blast. According to cricbuzz, Abbas said: “I am really pleased to be joining Leicestershire County Cricket Club for the 2018 season. It has been a dream of mine to play in county cricket and I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates and working with Head Coach Paul Nixon and the staff.”

Paul Nixon, head coach for Leicestershire, sounded pleased with both the signings: ”We have been looking for a quality fast bowler as our overseas professional and Mohammad Abbas ticks all of the boxes. But we expect to be without Mohammad for the first part of the season and it was vital that we secured high-class cover. Sohail Khan has a superb record both in red and white ball cricket, he has good experience on English conditions, and really stood out on the last tour when Pakistan played here. Sohail’s bowling will be ideally suited to early season conditions here.”