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Zaidi rise continues

A new chapter has been added to Ashar Zaidi’s incredible story after the all-rounder was handed a two-year contract by Sussex.

Zaidi was in September surprisingly given an opportunity by the county having been representing Accrington in club cricket.

After taking 4-57 and striking 45 in what was his first first-class appearance in four years, he has now been given a further chance to shine.

The 32-year-old, who has previously represented Pakistan A, is a British citizen and subsequently not an overseas player.

Zaidi said: “It is an honour to sign for Sussex, and this is a really big achievement for me, especially after a few years’ break from the pro game. I'm really grateful for the chance that they have given me.

“I'll be aiming to justify that chance over the next couple of seasons. I'm hoping for enough opportunities to perform, and to open my chances for the future.”

Sussex captain Ed Joyce added: “Ash fitted into the squad really well and impressed everyone with his canny left-arm spin and attractive strokeplay.

“He will hopefully fulfil the spin role for us in four-day cricket while possibly also allowing us to play an extra seamer when the conditions suit.

“He is also a very capable one-day cricketer as seen by his recent performances in the Dhaka Premier League and we're hopeful he can play a big role for us in both the shorter formats.”

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