Leicestershire have re-signed Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq for their defence of the Friends Life t20 title next season.
Razzaq won the competition for the second consecutive season having been part of Hampshire’s triumphant side in 2010 and has rejected offers from other clubs to stay with Leicestershire.
“He had offers from other clubs,” said Leicestershire head coach Phil Whitticase. “But he enjoyed his time at Leicester and was more than happy to sign for next year.”
Razzaq made 262 runs, including a blistering 62 against Lancashire at Old Trafford, in Leicestershire’s title-winning campaign and he also took 18 wickets in the competition last season.
“Abdul is very relaxed and calm. What he says is very simple but also very clear,” Whitticase said. “”It is a major boost for us. There are fewer t20 games next season so it will be important that we have a similar type of team – and we will have to hit the ground running.”
Meanwhile, Leicestershire have agreed terms with all-rounder Wayne White, seamer Nadeem Malik and batsman Matt Boyce on new contracts.
Deals have also been offered to batsman-wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley, wicketkeeper Paul Dixey and all-rounder Rob Taylor. All three were given first team exposure in the second half of the season, Eckersley and Dixey at the expense of Tom New who has been released with a year remaining on his contract though final details of his severance terms have yet to be agreed.
Taylor has been offered a summer contract while he continues his studies at Loughborough University.