Leicestershire have signed Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq as their second overseas player for the Friends Life t20.
And Leicestershire moved quickly to recruit the 31-year-old after their initial target, Irfan Pathan, was refused a certificate of objection to play county cricket by the Indian board.
Razzaq has already had four stints in county cricket with Middlesex, Worcestershire, Surrey and Hampshire. He played for the latter in last season’s Twenty20 Cup final win over Somerset at the Rose Bowl.
He will bring vast international experience to Grace Road having played 46 Tests, 262 one-day internationals and 26 Twenty20 internationals.
Leicestershire hope that Razzaq’s Twenty20 expertise will improve the fortunes of a side that failed to win a home match in the competition last season, losing seven and suffering a washout against Durham.
He will link up with Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald who missed most of last season’s tournament after he was called away to play for Australia A.
Razzaq has a career Twenty20 strike rate of 143.63 in 71 games and has claimed 79 wickets in that time. He also has a domestic Twenty20 hundred to his name.
Leicestershire begin their Friends Life t20 campaign with a local derby against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on Friday June 3.