Worcestershire hitter Kashif Ali signed his first skilled contract with the county till the tip of 2024.
Kashif, 24, who performed for Bedfordshire, a Nationwide Counties facet, for the previous two summers, initially signed a short-term deal.
However, after impressing within the T20 Blast, it turned a goal for different counties.
Kashif made his County Championship debut this week and made a key half century within the Pears’ present Division Two sport with Derbyshire.
“Taking part in skilled cricket is one thing I’ve dreamed of ever since I began enjoying,” stated Kashif.
“I used to be proud of my kind within the seconds, and making my first-class debut half a century was a pleasure. I hope I can do plenty of good performances for Worcestershire.”
Kashif, a local of Pakistan, Kashmir, is the primary South Asian Cricket Academy participant to earn a contract with a first-class county.
It was advisable by former Pears participant Kadeer Ali, Worcestershire’s older brother, and English handyman Moeen.
“I’ve to offer credit score to our teaching employees,” stated Worcestershire Cricket Steering Group Chairman Paul Pridgeon, the previous Pears’ quick pitcher.
“He got here on trial right here on Kadeer’s advice. He performed for South Asian Cricket Academy and Kadeer stated all the best way, ‘this child can play.’
“Kevin Sharp (in command of participant growth and supervisor) has additionally made a terrific contribution to issues with the work he has accomplished with him.
“Kashif did very properly within the seconds, and we noticed glimpses of what could possibly be an excellent white ball cricketer within the Blast.”