Ajmal Shahzad signs for Sussex

Ajmal Shahzad has penned a three-year deal at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove (Getty Images)
Ajmal Shahzad has penned a three-year deal at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove (Getty Images)
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Sussex County Cricket Club are delighted to announce the signing of Ajmal Shahzad on a three-year contract from Nottinghamshire.

The 29 year-old England seamer has penned a deal at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground until the end of the 2017 season, after the Trent Bridge county granted him early release from his contract.

Shahzad, who made his Test bow for England against Bangladesh in 2010, has also played 11 One-Day Internationals and three T20 matches for his country.

He began his career at his native Yorkshire, before moving on to Lancashire and then Nottinghamshire, having been at Trent Bridge for the past two seasons.

He was the fulcrum of Nottinghamshire’s white-ball attack last season taking 11 wickets in the Royal London One-Day Cup and claiming 13 NatWest T20 Blast scalps. He averaged 29 with the bat in his eight LV=County Championship matches in 2014, and has taken over 200 wickets in first-class cricket during his career.

Shahzad said of his move to Sussex, “It has come about quickly but I’m just delighted to be down here with a great squad, great management, surrounded by good people and I hope it brings out the best in me.

“This move has been made purely for cricketing reasons and I’m hoping to get the best I can out of it to progress my career. I’d like to thank Notts for being so understanding.”

Sussex’s Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said, “We’re delighted that Ajmal is joining us. He is a cricketer of great ability and who hasn’t yet fulfilled all of his potential.

“He can bowl with a yard of pace and has the potential to be a genuine bowling all-rounder. We hope he can have a similar impact that Chris Jordan had, and fulfil the same role helping balance the team.”