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ZAIDI: Ashar signs two-year deal at Hove after impressive trial

15-Nov-2013

Sussex CCC are delighted to announce the signing of all-rounder Ashar Zaidi on a two-year contract.

The 32 year-old Pakistani-born player made his debut for Sussex in the LV=County Championship match with Yorkshire in September at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground when he joined on a non-contract basis.

The slow left-armer took 4 for 57 in his first game whilst also showing his capability with the bat in the victory over already-crowned champions Durham, making 45.

Zaidi, who has played for Pakistan A, is a British citizen so is not classed as an overseas player. He made his first-class bow in Pakistan in 1999 and has played 90 matches, averaging over 38. He has most recently been playing in Bangladesh’s Dhaka Premier League this month for Gazi Tank.

Zaidi said, “It is an honour to sign for Sussex, and this is a really big achievement for me, especially after a few years’ break from the pro game. I'm really grateful for the chance that they have given me.

“I'll be aiming to justify that chance over the next couple of seasons. I'm hoping for enough opportunities to perform, and to open my chances for the future.”

Sussex’s Captain Ed Joyce said, “Ash fitted into the squad really well and impressed everyone with his canny left-arm spin and attractive strokeplay. He will hopefully fulfil the spin role for us in four-day cricket while possibly also allowing us to play an extra seamer when the conditions suit.

“He is also a very capable one-day cricketer as seen by his recent performances in the Dhaka Premier League and we're hopeful he can play a big role for us in both the shorter formats.”

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