Afghanistan’s premier all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has signed for Northamptonshire for next year’s T20 Blast competition. The county club confirmed the news on 16th December after signing the world-class all-rounder for the coming season of Vitality T20 Blast. Northamptonshire has shown intent to sign quality players in order to make a serious dash at the trophy.
First, Mohammad Nabi will have to acquire NOC from Afghanistan Cricket Board for taking part in the competition. All-rounder will be available for Northamptonshire for the all preliminary matches to be played in the competition. He will also fulfill his commitment of playing for London Spirit in the inaugural The Hundred tournament to be played this year.
In a career spanning almost a decade, Mohammad Nabi has played 276 T20I matches and participated in major competitions like Indian Premier League, Big Bash League, Bangladesh Premier League and Vitality T20 Blast.
With the bat, Mohammad Nabi has accumulated 4189 runs at an average of 22.40 with 11 half-centuries to his name. With the ball in hand, Mohammad Nabi has claimed 267 wickets at an average of 23.45 with an excellent economy rate of 6.93. In the T20 format, Nabi has claimed seven four-wicket hauls and one five-wicket haul.
Northamptonshire Skipper Josh Cobb said that signing of Mohammad Nabi will bolster the bowling resources for the coming edition of Vitality T20 Blast competition. He also stated that with Nabi’s signing, the batting department will be strengthened as he is decent lower-order batsman in the T20 format.
The club also signed Tom Taylor last year to bolster the batting resources for Vitality T20 Blast competition. Both Nabi and Taylor are quality players that offer value with bat and ball.
In 2020 T20 Blast competition, Northampton suffered defeat at the hands of Gloucestershire in the quarterfinals. It will be interesting to see whether the county side can go the distance in the next year’s Vitality T20 Blast.