Squad Number - 26
Player Sponsor - Regal Bakeries
Born - Sialkot, Punjab, March 10, 1990
Joined - Leicestershire 2018
Role - Right-hand batsman, right-arm fast medium bowler
Teams Represented - Pakistan, Khan Research Laboratories, Pakistan Television, Sialkot, Sialkot Stallions, Sialkot Under-19s
Leicestershire CCC announced the signing of Pakistan international seamer Muhammad Abbas for the 2018 season.
Abbas will share the main role of overseas player with Sohail Khan, who is providing cover from late-April to mid-June.
The 27-year-old signed for the Foxes with an excellent test match record, claiming 23 wickets in five matches at just 21.34 apiece. His 304 first-class wickets have been snared at 21.05 and Abbas has also picked up 65 wickets in white ball cricket.
Abbas was the leading wicket-taker in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 first-class seasons in Pakistan, taking 132 wickets all told. Abbas then claimed 37 wickets in seven first-class games in the 2017-18 campaign at an average of 14.29 with a haul of 6 for 24 the best of three five-fors.
He played a key role in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Final of 2017-18, taking 4 for 57 in the first innings as his Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited team emerged victorious.
Abbas is available for the opening Specsavers County Championship game of the season against Sussex and will then return for the four-day fixture versus Middlesex on June 20.