Former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali will be returning to the Cooper Associates County Ground for his third stint with Somerset County Cricket Club.
Azhar Ali’s return to somerset is based on obtaining an appropriate visa & NOC. Azhar first joined Somerset in the year 2018 & returned the following season, during which he played an important role in Somerset’s Royal London Cup Success.
“I am very excited to be returning to Somerset. It has now become like a second home for me. It is a special club & I hope that I can contribute to more success because the members, staff & supporters deserve it”, said Azhar Ali in a statement.
“I have been made to feel so welcome in my previous times with the Club & I look forward to representing the County again this year”, he added. Azhar Ali has played 17 first-class matches for Somerset in which he has scored over 800 runs with a best of 125. He was also presented with County Cap by Marcus Trescothick in the year 2019.
Azhar will feature in at least three of Somerset’s remaining County Championship matches & subject to qualification, he will also play in the Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s Cricket Stadium. “Azhar Ali is a class act cricketer both on & off-field. His performances speak for themselves, but what people don’t see is the amount of time he is happy to devote to working with the younger players throughout the squad”, said Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry.
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