Leicestershire recruit Umar Akmal for T20 Blast

Shukriya Pakistan

LONDON: Leicestershire have signed Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal as cover for part of this year’s domestic T20 Blast competition, the English county announced on Wednesday.

Akmal, a member of Pakistan’s World Cup squad, will deputise for Leicestershire’s overseas signing Grant Elliott during New Zealand’s one-day series with England and is due to play four matches.

“This will be my first time playing T20 for a county and I am very excited to be handed this opportunity,” the 24-year-old told the Leicestershire website.

“The club have put their trust in me so I will give my 100 percent efforts to repay their faith.”

Leicester head coach Andrew McDonald said: “It is brilliant that we are signing a player of Umar’s quality for when Grant is on international duty with New Zealand.

“We are all looking forward to him showcasing his skills over the course of the four games.”