Akmal joins Foxes for T20 Blast stint

County Cricket

Leicestershire Foxes have announced the signing of Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal for part of the upcoming T20 Blast, scheduled for four matches as replacement for Grant Elliott.

New Zealand batsman Elliott will have to miss four games due to international duty with the Black Caps, and so Akmal has been drafted in to join Australia's Clint McKay as the club's other international.

Akmal said: "This will be my first time playing T20 for a county and I am very excited to be handed this opportunity. The club have put their trust in me so I will give my 100 percent efforts to repay their faith."  

Leicestershire's head coach Andrew McDonald, said: "It is brilliant that we are signing a player of Umar's quality for when Grant is on international duty with New Zealand.

"Our fans should get the chance to see Umar at Grace Road on Friday, June 12, and we are all looking forward to him showcasing his skills over the course of the four games."

Captain Mark Cosgrove said: "It is fantastic to have Umar with us when Grant goes to play for New Zealand. Along with Clint, we have high-class overseas players to supplement the young talent we have here."