Pakistani seamer Mohammad Abbas has signed a new contract with Hampshire extending his stay at the Rose Bowl.

The two-year deal with keep him with the county outfit until 2024 as one of their overseas players.

“Mo has been a big influence on the team,” Giles White, Hampshire’s director of cricket, said. “Since his arrival, he has been both an incredible performer and a fantastic role model. To have him around for the next two years is a major boost to the squad.”

Mohammad Abbas first joined Hampshire in 2021 and made an instant impact taking match figures of 9-39 against Middlesex in just his second appearance.

In his first year, the wily seamer finished with 41 wickets – the joint second-highest in the team at an average of just 15.87 in 10 matches.

“I’m very pleased to have signed a new contract and to be staying with Hampshire for two more years. I’ve loved my time at the Ageas Bowl and am looking forward to helping the team push for silverware in the LV= Insurance County Championship.”

In 2022, with fellow fast bowlers Kyle Abbott and Keith Barker, Abbas formed one of the most devastating pace trios who collectively took over 150 wickets in the competition with the Pakistani seamer contributing 50.

So far Abbas has played in 22 First-Class matches taking 91 wickets at an average of 16.83, while also boasting an economy rate of just 2.24.

The seamer last made an appearance for Pakistan in 2021 and with their focus on more home test matches which do not suit his style of bowling, the 32-year-old is expected to be available for all of Hampshire’s matches.

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