Sunrisers Hyderabad star Mohammad Nabi will play for Kent for in next year’s T20 Blast. The Afghanistan allrounder plied his trade for the club this year too and made a big impression. The number one ranked T20I allrounder played nine T20 Blast games for Kent this year and impressed with bat as well as the ball.
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He scored 147 runs at a strike rate of 153.12 with his 12-ball 43 runs knock in the win over Surrey being the best of the lot. With the ball, he picked up eight wickets at an economy rate of 7.22 and took three catches, including a brilliant boundary edge catch against Somerset on debut.
Mohammad Nabi is one of the most experienced T20 cricketers in the world right now, having played tournaments across the globe. He is an important member of IPL outfit Sunrisers Hyderabad and has also played for Melbourne Renegades in the BBL. The allrounder was recently picked for London Spirit for The Hundred which will take place next year.
“I very much enjoyed my first season with Kent and I am pleased to be coming back for another year of the Vitality Blast,” Mohammad Nabi said. “There’s lots of quality in the team so hopefully we can do well.”
Nabi is currently involved in the ongoing bilateral series against West Indies in India. He recently scored his 15th ODI half-century with an unbeaten 50 off 66 balls in Afghanistan’s five-wicket defeat to West Indies on Monday. Afghanistan were whitewashed 3-0 in the series. Both the teams are now gearing up for the three-match T20I series.
Meanwhile Paul Downton, Kent’s Director of Cricket, Paul Downton, welcomed Nabi, saying that the county were delighted to have the allrounder for a second year in a row.
“To do well in the Blast, you need a number of match-winners, and Nabi showed us what he is capable of last year,” Downton said. “His ability to bowl at any stage of the innings and to hit the ball out of the park when he bats makes him one of the most exciting players in world cricket. He fitted into our environment really well and to have him with us for the entirety of the South Group in 2020 is a boost to the whole squad.”