November 2, 2012
Lancashire have signed former England bowler Kabir Ali on a two year-deal.
The 31 year-old fast bowler spent most of his career at Worcestershire before moving to Hampshire three years ago. Ali’s career has been dogged with injury causing him to have long spells on the side-lines.
In Ali’s early years he showed real promise and could bowl upward of 90mph. He was rewarded by England in 2003 with his first Test cap against South Africa at Headingley after impressing in the County Championship for Worcestershire. Sadly it was also his last Test match as he was dropped for England’s next Test match at The Oval.
Despite just one Test appearance, Ali played in 14 one-day internationals for England and his last appearance in this format of the game came in 2006.
Lancashire will be hoping that Ali can add to his 483 first class wickets this season. Lancashire now find themselves in division 2 of the County Championship after suffering relegation from division 1 in 2012.
Speaking about the signing, Lancashire’s Director of Cricket Mike Watkinson said: “We are pleased to bring in Kabir, whose experience and proven track record in all forms of the game will be of great benefit to our bowling unit.”
The Scoop 02/11/12