County cricket club Worcestershire have signed Pakistani bowler Mohammad Hasnain for the final six games of the 2022 County Championship.
The 22-year-old has 26 international appearances for Pakistan.
As Worcestershire looks to continue its good streak in red-ball cricket, head coach Alex Gidman claimed Hasnain’s ability to bowl at 90 mph will bring new momentum.
On July 11, Hasnain is scheduled to make his team debut against Middlesex. Since making his debut in all formats in 2019, he has appeared in eight ODIs and 18 T20Is for Pakistan.
In an official satement released by Worcestershire, Head Coach Alex Gidman said: “Hugely exciting to have Muhammad join our squad for the last six games. We’ve played a patient game with the overseas players and tried to plot our way through the season.”
“To have someone of his calibre joining us for the last six games is really exciting. Azhar knows him very well and helped us do a bit of research. He spoke very, very highly of him as a young man and as a character and his skill set as well. He is going to be exactly what the group needs, some real power and energy,” he added.
“The longer the season goes on, the harder it becomes, so to have some fresh impetus when we really need it is going to be good for the guys. He bowls very quick, so a different skill set to what we have, and he will hopefully give us a chance of winning more games,” he said.
Given the summer’s flattened pitches, Gidman said having the added speed that Hasnain provides will be even more important.
“Absolutely. If anything, the way the wickets have been around the country, at times has exposed our country’s weaknesses, which are raw pace and spin. This year has probably highlighted it even more, so to use the overseas player to try and plug those gaps is really important, and it will be fascinating to see how Muhammad impacts the group,” he further added.
“We are going to try and have as strong a team as we can to finish the campaign. It may just help us and give us a slight advantage at times, hopefully,” he said.