Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is expected to make his debut for Leicestershire in their Friends Life t20 match against Lancashire at Old Trafford on Wednesday June 8.
Leicestershire signed Razzaq last week as their second overseas player for the Twenty20 Cup but he missed their first two games against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on June 3 and the defeat by Lancashire at Grace Road two days later.
Although Razzaq obtained his visa and the necessary clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board last week, he was unable to travel to England because of a delay in the return of his passport from Abu Dhabi where it was sent as part of his visa application process.
Razzaq is now in possession of his passport and he is expected to arrive in England on Tuesday June 7 and to go straight into the side at Old Trafford.
“We’ve now been told that he has his passport and he will be on a flight that gets into England on Tuesday,” said Leicestershire coach Phil Whitticase.
Razzaq, 31, has already had stints with four county sides including Hampshire for whom he appeared in last season’s t20 final.
Leicestershire have made a mixed start to their Twenty20 Cup campaign, ending Northamptonshire’s unbeaten start to the season but then losing to Lancashire by five wickets to leave them seeking their first home win in the competition since 2009.
Last season Leicestershire lost seven of their t20 matches at Grace Road with the other, against Durham, being washed out.