Afghanistan all-rounder, Mohammad Nabi, is going to feature in England’s domestic T20 competition in 2018 after joining Leicestershire to play as an overseas player for them, according to the club which announced the news on Wednesday, March 7. He is the second overseas player with Grace Road-based club in the Leicestershire fixture where Pakistan’s Muhammad Abbas was already roped in.
The 33-year-old all-rounder brings an experience of 160 T20 matches to the table in which he scored 2191 runs at the strike rate of around 140, with six fifties under his belt. The right-handed off-spinner also has 182 wickets at the average of 20.58 with four 4-wicket hauls under his belt. He is another Afghanistan player to join T20 Blast and Sussex signed Rashid Khan before.
When it comes to his stint with Leicestershire, Nabi added, “I have come across many good things on Foxes. I am waiting to work with Paul Nixon and sign the ambitious and professional county which has good T20 track record.”
Leicestershire head coach, Nixon said Nabi will be the best fit for the team with his great skills. “I know all about the qualities of Mohammad Nabi in the game. He can really make a big difference in middle order and he is off-break bowler who operates with great skill and control. For Afghanistan, he has great white ball record and in T20 matches across the world. He is a kind of player we have always wanted and is someone who can fit in well here.”
Nabi has played many T20 leagues around the world. He is also the first Afghanistan player who is acquired in the Indian Premier League and Sunrisers Hyderabad booked him before 10th season. He will come back with same franchise for his another season once he is brought back at player auction in 2018.
He plies his trade in the Big Bash League for Melbourne Renegades, in the Caribbean Premier League for Nevis Patriots and St Kitties, and in Pakistan Super League for Quetta Gladiators. In the Bangladesh Premier League, Nabi played for three franchises since 2013 –
Chittagong Vikings (2016)
Sylhet Royals (2013)
Comilla Victorians (2017-present)
After the compatriot Rashid Khan who signed for Sussex, Nabi is the next player from Afghanistan who signed a county deal. He played total of 93 ODIs and 60 T20 matches for his team.
Paul Nixon, Foxes head coach, added “He has potential to make a big difference and he is an off-break bowler with spectacular skill and control.”
Mohammad Abbas, Pakistan pace bowler, will be second foreign player for Leicestershire in T20 Blast, which they start off Northants Steelbacks on July 4. Nabi scored 961 runs in T20 for Afghanistan with 139 as strike rate and took 61 wickets at 24.80 as average.