A classy and explosive left-handed batsman who also bowls useful off-spin, Moeen was earmarked for future England honours after representing the Lions and Under-19 sides.
Considered to have the ability and temperament to fill Worcestershire legend Graeme Hick’s boots, he enjoyed a fine 2011 season, scoring 930 first-class runs and topping the club averages in 40-over cricket.
After beginning his career with rivals Warwickshire, Moeen moved across the boundary to New Road in 2007 and quickly established himself in the first team, scoring 77 on his County Championship debut for Worcestershire.
He led England U19s to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Pakistan, an impressive achievement given they had been hammered in their warm-up games by Bangladesh, and has been touted as a future Worcestershire captain.
He also possesses a strong cricketing pedigree, with his brother Kadeer and cousin Kabir both plying their trade on the county circuit.