Andre Russell has signed a deal with Nottinghamshire © Getty Images
Andre Russell has signed a deal with Nottinghamshire © Getty Images

Andre Russell and Imran Tahir have both signed new deals with Nottinghamshire for Natwest t20 blast 2016. Tahir earlier represented the club in three matches in the last season picking up 10 wickets but had to pull out of the tournament after suffering a hamstring injury. Tahir will play the last seven games of Nottinghamshire while the other signing, Russell, will play the four matches next month, two against Derbyshire and one each against Yorkshire and Worcestershire. Tahir, apart from the scheduled games, will be a part of the team’s squad if they manage to qualify or the next level. VIDEO: When Jonny Bairstow hit an impossible six!

Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket, Mick Newell, revealed to Cricbuzz, “We’ve been speaking to both players for a while. It’s been a long term plan. We were keen to get them in and were very happy it’s over the line. With his batting, bowling and fielding taken into consideration, Andre is one of the leading T20 players in the world right now, and he keeps proving it at big tournaments. In Andre’s case it’s an added bonus that he’s a very effective fast bowler as well.He’ll hopefully help us put some important wins on the board in the competition before jetting off to the Caribbean Premier League, which is very much the way of it for the global stars these days”

“Imran enjoyed his time here last year, he wanted to come back, and we’re only too happy for him to do so.Having him available will also allow us to make the most of some of the drier pitches in four-day cricket at the back end of the summer. He can be a threat on any surface, but throw him the ball on something that’s offering turn and bounce and he could be a real match winner for us at a pivotal point of the season. He can also be a really positive mentor to the spinners we already have at the club; players like Samit Patel, Matthew Carter, Sam Wood and Connor Marshall can all learn a lot from Imran,” Newell said about Tahir.