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Zahir Khan joins Lancashire for the rest of the season

Zahir Khan joins Lancashire for the rest of the season

Lancashire sign Afghanistan spinner

Lancashire Cricket Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Afghanistan spinner Zahir Khan for the rest of the season.

Khan, a 19 year-old left-arm wrist spinner, has an impressive first class and T20 record, taking 34 wickets from seven first class matches and 15 wickets from eight T20 matches respectively.

He played a vital role in Afghanistan’s run to the semi-final of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in 2016 and featured prominently at the ICC Intercontinental Cup, which Afghanistan won to secure their status as a Test-playing nation last year.

Khan was selected in this year’s Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals and in the Bangladesh Premier League for Rangpur Riders, whilst in May, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for their inaugural Test match, played against India.

Lancashire’s Head Coach Glen Chapple said, “We’re really pleased that Zahir has joined the Club for the rest of the season.

“He is an exciting prospect and gives us another option with the ball. We’re looking forward to welcoming him to Emirates Old Trafford.”

Khan added, “I’m really excited to be signing for Lancashire for the rest of the campaign. It’s always been an ambition of mine to play county cricket in England and test myself against some of the world’s best players. I can’t wait to get started now.

“I have heard a lot of good things about Lancashire and Emirates Old Trafford from Jos Buttler when I played with him at the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and I hope to make a significant contribution during my stay here.”

The Afghanistan bowler goes straight into Lancashire Lightning’s squad for tomorrow’s Vitality Blast clash against Durham Jets at Emirates Old Trafford.

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