Warwickshire County Cricket Club declared on Wednesday that England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali has signed a three-year contract to play for the team in white-ball cricket.
The 35-year-old, who was up in Sparkhill, Birmingham, has a pay-as-you-play clause in his contract and is also available for red-ball cricket.
Ali goes back to the club where he first played professionally when he was 15 years old.
The right-arm spinner and left-handed batsman advanced through the Warwickshire Second XI and Academy divisions, each recording a half-century on their respective first-class and County Championship debuts.
Ali has represented England as a global superstar while attending New Road, and he also frequently plays in the Indian Premier League.
He is the player who helped England win the 2015 Ashes and the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and has played for England in 228 matches (64 Tests, 119 ODIs, and 49 T20Is), making 5470 runs (eight centuries), and taking 318 wickets.
While also leading the Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred, Ali returns to Edgbaston hoping to add to those totals.
Ali said: “I am delighted to return home to Edgbaston. I was born and raised just a few miles away from the stadium, with my life always centred around Birmingham.”
“When the opportunity presented itself, it was a decision I could not say no to and I believe I have unfinished business at the Bears.”
“I am incredibly excited to be back and to play in front of the best atmosphere in world cricket. It is a place that has so much history and players always have memories and stories of playing here. I am looking forward to contributing and being part of hopefully something special.”
Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace said: “Mo is a huge signing for Warwickshire and a real statement of intent for our ambitions. Mo is someone I have known for many years and is a leader on and off the pitch. The experience he will bring to the club will be pivotal in our development as a team.”‘