Moeen Ali has ended speculation about his future by signing a new two-year contract with Worcestershire.
The left-handed batsman and part-time off spin bowler was out of contract at the end of this season but Worcestershire have now secured the services of one of their highly-rated players until the end of the 2013 campaign.
“I have been at the club since 2007 and thoroughly enjoyed my time and have been looked after very well. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had which have allowed me to develop both my batting and bowling in all forms of the game and I hope to progress further over the coming years and help the club achieve future success,” Moeen said.
Moeen was first recruited by Warwickshire as a 15-year-old and was the youngest player to sign professional terms for the county in almost 40 years.
But he departed Edgbaston along with Mark Wagh at the end of Mark Greatbatch’s disastrous two-year spell as director of cricket at Edgbaston opted for a short move down the M5.
During his time with Worcestershire, Moeen has represented England Lions and last season played an important part in helping Worcestershire win promotion back to the first division of the County Championship at the first attempt.
He scored 1260 first-class runs in 2010 and nearly 400 runs in each of the Clydesdale Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 competitions, as well as representing England Lions.
“Moeen played exceptionally well during 2010 and played a major part in our four-day promotion push. The development of younger players is paramount to the club’s future and I am delighted to have a talented all-round cricketer, such as Moeen, commit his future to the club,” said Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes.