Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir has joined Worcestershire for this season’s Friends Life T20, replacing off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who withdrew due to his international commitments.
Tanvir, 27, was recalled to the Pakistan Twenty20 side earlier this week, for next month’s series against Sri Lanka.
He has also been part of Pakistan’s run to the final in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, and their title win in England two years later.
He helped the Lions this year to reach the final of South Africa’s domestic T20 competition, and also captained his home side Rawalpindi Rams in the Faysal Bank Super Eight T-20 Cup.
Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said that he was happy with Tanvir signing up.
“Sohail is an ideal replacement for Saeed Ajmal because Saeed was a tremendous bowler at the death and this is the type of role we want Sohail to play. Added to his bowling skills, he also has the ability to hit the ball hard which is an obvious asset at the end of our innings,” the Daily Times quoted Rhodes, as saying.
Tanvir has taken 83 wickets in his Twenty20 career, and his 6 for 14 against Chennai Super Kings in the first season of the IPL is the second-best figures in the format