Northants strengthen bowling ranks with signing of Azharullah

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Northamptonshire have bolstered their seam bowling options with the signing of Mohammad Azharullah.

The 29-year-old, who was born in Pakistan and qualifies through marriage, has signed a one-year deal after being spotted playing league cricket in Yorkshire.

He comes with a decent CV - 190 first-class wickets at an average of 26.5 - in Pakistan’s domestic competition and will complement an attack that looks significantly stronger than last year.

Head coach David Ripley said: “We are pleased that Azhar has decided to join us as he will provide proven first-class quality in the seam bowling department, providing healthy competition for places.

“He bowls with good pace and having learnt his trade in Pakistan has developed ways of getting batsmen out on flat sub-continent pitches.”

Azharullah played first-class cricket as recently as November last year when he played for the Water and Power Development Authority in the President’s Trophy.