THERE was good news at Todmorden Cricket Club when former Pakistan international Qaiser Abbas signed to continue as its professional player for 2012.
Cricket Chairman Mark Clayton said he was delighted that the club has secured the services of Abbas for next season after many excellent performances with both ball and bat this season.
Captain Andrew Sutcliffe was also very happy with the move.
“Qaiser is a solid performer with both bat and ball and, for me, he is the best all round pro around.
“Everyone at the club is hoping that he can finish the season in a strong manner and push for a 1,000 runs and 100 wickets,” he said.
Before arriving at Todmorden this year, Abbas had extensive experience of league cricket in England mainly in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Premier League.
The former Pakistani Test player made his First-class debut in 1999 aged 17 and played his only Test just over 12 months later against England.
In all First-class matches Abbas scored 5,265 runs at 31.9 with five centuries. He also picked up 89 wickets at 31.2.
Abbas is Todmorden’s fourth Pakistani professional.
The club is currently in joint third place in the league and the reached the semi-finals of both the Worsley Cup and 20/20 Competition.
In all this season’s games so far Abbas has been outstanding with both bat and ball.