Nixon thrilled to land Nabi

07 March 2018 07:59:51 EST

Leicestershire have signed Afghanistan star Mohammad Nabi for this year's Vitality Blast.

The all-rounder is currently on international duty with his country at the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

He struck scores of 92 and 51 respectively against Scotland and Zimbabwe this week to show his batting skills.

However, while he remains an extremely accomplished 50-over cricketer, he is viewed as one of the top Twenty20 all-rounders in the world.

The 33-year-old is in demand around the world and returned an economy rate of just 5.76 runs per over with his off-spin at this winter's Big Bash League. He also plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.

"I know all about Mohammad Nabi's qualities in the game. He can make a huge impact in our middle order and is an off-break bowler who operates with great control and skill," said Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon.

"Nabi has a brilliant white-ball record for Afghanistan and in T20 competitions around the world. He is exactly the type of player that we were looking for and is somebody who will fit in beautifully here."

He is the second Afghanistan player to sign up as an overseas recruit in this year's Blast following Sussex's acquisition of Rashid Khan.

Leicestershire's other overseas player in Twenty20 cricket this summer is Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are 5/1 to win the 2018 Indian Premier League outright, while Mumbai Indians can be backed at 9/2 and Delhi Daredevils at 10/1.

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