Northamptonshire Rope In Tabraiz Shamsi For NatWest T20 Blast
In a bid to boost their chances for the upcoming NatWest T20 Blast, Northamptonshire Steelbacks have recruited South African unorthodox spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for the edition which commences this season.
Shamsi is rated very highly in the franchise T20 circuit, having donned the colours of an IPL and a CPL outfit in the past and the spinner has tasted a fair amount of success.
The young Proteas spinner burst onto the scene globally when he turned out for the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2016 edition of the IPL and was among the wickets straight away. Considering his unconventional approach of bowling, he remains a valuable limited-overs player.
Shamsi from there on ascended as he was soon picked by the national selectors, making his debut the same year in an ODI against Australia. The chinaman spinner also went on to play a Test against the same opposition.
David Ripley, head coach of Northamptonshire, was delighted to have Shamsi on board for the first three games of the Natwest T20 Blast.
“We’re delighted to welcome Tabraiz to our NatWest T20 Blast squad. “He is an experienced T20 player, having played both in the CPL and IPL. He is a very effective leg spinner, something I believe crucial in modern T20 cricket,” Ripley said.
Shamsi himself was quite eager for his stint with the new side.
“I’m delighted to be joining Northamptonshire Steelbacks this summer for the NatWest T20 Blast. I look forward to entertaining the crowds at The County Ground and contributing to wins for the team,” the spinner said.
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