Pakistan’s opener Fakhar Zaman has been roped in by Somerset for NatWest T20 Blast as a replacement for New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson. Zaman was the player who made a name for himself by scoring a match-winning hundred against India to see his side clinch their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title at The Oval. The left-handed batsman will able to fill the void left by South Africa’s Dean Elgar who is currently with the South African side competing against England for Basil D’Oliveira Trophy.
Elgar is set to return to South Africa to prepare for the home series against Bangladesh. Fakhar Zaman has played Lahore Qalandars and scored 252 runs in Pakistan Super League. Somerset’s director Matthew Maynard that the county is delighted to have Fakhar come here and play for the side. Somerset is currently in big trouble as they are in relegation zone in County Championship Division One. The inclusion of Fakhar Zaman might help Somerset turn things around to remain in the Division One.
Somerset has done well in the NatWest T20 Blast as they placed at second position in the South Group. The side still will play five more games and are tipped to reach the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast.