Sharjeel to have a blast with Leicestershire

Leicestershire have announced the signing of explosive Pakistan opening batsman Sharjeel Khan as an overseas player for the 2017 NatWest Blast season.

Sharjeel is in England at the moment with the Pakistan limited overs team and hit his maiden ODI century on the tour, against Ireland before he made 58 from 30 balls as his side fell short of England's mammoth 444/3.

The Pakistan opener will replace vetran Aussie Seamer Clint McKay as Leicestershire's overseas professional for the tournament.

The county will be hoping for a vastly improved performance after they finished bottom of the North Group this season.

Leicestershire's CEO Wasim Khan said: "I am aware that there was keen interest from other counties, so I am delighted that we have managed to secure someone of Sharjeel's ability for the duration of the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast campaign.

"He is a powerful hitter who will offer us another option as a T20 opener."

Sharjeel said: "It has been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I would like to thank Leicestershire for this great opportunity.

 "A number of fine Pakistan batsmen have played for Leicestershire over the years including Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Umar Akmal, and I'm pleased to be following in their footsteps."

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