Worcestershire have secured the return of Pakistan’s talented leg spinner, Usama Mir, for the LV=Insurance County Championship Match against Sussex at Hove, commencing Sunday.
Following an impressive stint in the Vitality Blast, where he served as cover for Mitchell Santner, who was fulfilling his IPL commitments with the Chennai Super Kings, Usama is set to rejoin Worcestershire for the upcoming Championship clash against Sussex.
Usama initially joined Worcestershire for the opening three matches in the Vitality Blast as a replacement for Mitchell Santner, who was on IPL duty with Chennai Super Kings.
The 27-year-old Usama left a lasting impact with his exceptional skills with the bat and ball, aiding his team to triumph in all three encounters against Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Yorkshire Vikings, and Leicestershire Foxes.
Having successfully realised his dream of playing county cricket during his brief tenure in the Blast, Usama has expressed his delight in the prospect of returning to Worcestershire, this time for a Championship fixture.
Usama said: “It was my dream to play county cricket, and I achieved that in the Blast. I enjoyed my time at Worcestershire and was happy to contribute with bat and ball.
“It was a shame the spell was so short, and to have the opportunity to come back and play a Championship game is exciting, and I look forward to a different sort of challenge to T20 cricket.
“I know Worcestershire are in a good position in the table, and, like with the Blast, I hope to play my part in achieving a victory.”
Usama will be reunited in the side with Azhar Ali as the pair both play for Central Punjab in Pakistan’s first class competition, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
This winter, he has featured in six ODIs for Pakistan and starred for Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League.
Worcestershire Head Coach, Alan Richardson, said: “Usama fitted very well into our dressing room and showed his quality with bat and ball.
“We are delighted to welcome him back for the Sussex game and just think he will give us an additional option that can add variety to our attack.”
Saturday, June 10th, 2023