Shafayat bids to resurrect career by rejoining Northants

Bilal Shafayat is back for a second spell with Northamptonshire having rejoined the county on a match-by-match basis.

Shafayat, who played for Northamptonshire in 2005 and 2006, was released by Nottinghamshire at the end of last season and has since been trying to get back into county cricket.

He is currently playing for Wellington in the top division of the Birmingham & District Premier League but has played second team cricket for Sussex and Hampshire this season.

Northamptonshire have now added Shafayat to their squad to provide cover for the injured David Sales, Niall O’Brien, Mal Loye, Stephen Peters and Chaminda Vaas.

“With key batting personnel not available for the next two Twenty20 matches it gives Bilal the opportunity and the stage to perform in the next couple of matches for us,” said Northamptonshire coach David Capel.

“Bilal is a player with a lot of desire and a lot of passion to get back into first-class cricket. He’s been playing very well recently, scoring prolifically in the past month and we’re fortunate to be able to call on his services.”

Former England Under-19 captain Shafayat, who made his debut for Nottinghamshire as a 16-year-old ten years ago, played first-class cricket for Habib Bank in Pakistan last winter.

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