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Kent Cricket sign Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi to play in 2019 Vitality Blast T20 campaign

Kent Cricket have signed experienced Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi for the first 11 matches of the 2019 Vitality Blast campaign.

The Spitfires beat off competition from several other counties to sign the 34-year-old who made his international debut in 2009.

Nabi has been an integral part of Afghanistan's emergence on the global scene helping them qualify for the World T20 in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and led them to the 2015 World Cup.

Kent's director of cricket Paul Downton
Kent's director of cricket Paul Downton

Born in Loger, Nabi has primarily made his name playing in T20 tournaments around the world, including the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Caribbean Premier League (CPL), as well as recently winning the Big Bash in 2019 with the Melbourne Renegades.

A right-arm off-spinner and forceful middle-order batsman, Nabi has played 106 one-day internationals, taking 114 wickets and scoring 2,763 runs, with a top score of 116.

Nabi has also made 68 T20 International appearances, and boasts a T20I bowling average of just 24.71 with an economy rate of 7.14.

He also boasts an impressive batting strike rate of 145.12.

Nabi, whose signing is subject to regulatory approval – said: “I’m very pleased to be joining Kent as I have heard good things about the club.

"Wherever I play, I always want my team to be successful and I hope I can contribute to wins at this famous county.”

Kent's director of cricket, Paul Downton, added: “We are thrilled to have beaten several other counties to sign Nabi for our Vitality Blast campaign.

"He has been an outstanding performer in T20 International cricket as well the global T20 competitions for a number of years.

"He is a proven match-winner capable of taking the game away from teams with both bat and ball, making him an exciting addition to our squad this year.”

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