Mohammad Nabi joins Kent for 2019 T20 Blast
Mohammad Nabi has a T20I economy rate of 7.14. © ICC

Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan allrounder, will play for Kent Spitfires in the 2019 Vitality Blast.

The veteran of 207 career T20 matches, including a record 68 for Afghanistan, will be available for the tournament’s first 11 games.

Nabi, 34, is Afghanistan’s second most successful bowler in T20Is with 69 wickets an economy of 7.14. He has been an integral part of Afghanistan’s rise as a limited-overs force having helped them qualify for the World T20 in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and captained them to the 2015 World Cup.

He is a globetrotter in franchise T20 cricket, with stints in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and with 2019 Big Bash League (BBL) winners Melbourne Renegades this month. As a batsman, Nabi boasts an impressive batting strike-rate of 145.12.

“I’m very pleased to be joining Kent as I have heard good things about the club,” said Nabi in a statement. “Wherever I play, I always want my team to be successful and I hope I can contribute to wins at this famous county.”

Kent’s director of cricket, Paul Downton, said: “We are thrilled to have beaten several other counties to sign Nabi for our Vitality Blast campaign. He has been an outstanding performer in T20 International cricket as well the global T20 competitions for a number of years. He is a proven match-winner capable of taking the game away from teams with both bat and ball, making him an exciting addition to our squad this year.”