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Ajmal Shahzad

Ajmal Shahzad is an aggressive opening bowler and capable lower-order batsman who has struggled to find consistency since leaving home county Yorkshire in 2012.

He became the first British-born Asian to play for the White Rose, in 2004, when he featured in a totesport league match against Worcestershire.

After establishing himself in the Tykes side with an array of impressive performances in all formats, Shahzad made his England debut during March 2010 in a one-day international against Bangladesh in Chittagong. His Test bow followed three months later versus the same opponents at Old Trafford.

He was an unused member of the England squad during the 2010 World Twenty20 triumph and 2010/11 Ashes success, but played in the following one-day series with Australia and at the 2011 World Cup where his last-over six helped earn a memorable tie against co-hosts India.

In May 2012, having lost his England place, Shahzad surprised many by joining Lancashire on loan for the remainder of the domestic season, having been given permission to leave Headingley, becoming the first player since David Byas 10 years earlier to switch between Roses rivals.

Shahzad joined Nottinghamshire on a three-year contract ahead of the 2013 season and was part of the Outlaws side that beat Glamorgan in the Yorkshire Bank 40 final at Lord’s.

However, despite again impressing in the limited-overs formats the following term, Shahzad made just eight appearances in the 2014 LV= County Championship and secured an early release from his contract at Trent Bridge in order to sign a three-year deal with Sussex, his fourth county.