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Fakhar Zaman signs contract with Somerset for T20 blast

LAHORE: Pakistan left-handed batsman Fakhar Zaman will get his first taste of the English county this year after he was signed by Somerset.

Fakhar, 27, will replace New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson who needs a surgery for stress fracture after playing four games for Somerset in T20 Blast.

“During his time here Corey has soldiered on bravely and managed his ongoing stress fracture well but now it needs immediate treatment,” said Somerset’s director of cricket Matt Maynard.

Maynard went on to welcome Fakhar’s signing. “It’s great to have Fakhar joining us,” he said. “In addition, we will have Dean Elgar back for the final three T20 Blast group stage games. However, Dean has to return to South Africa for a camp prior to the South Africa v Bangladesh series. As a result, he will play no further County Championship cricket for us.”

Fakhar Zaman was the player of the match for Pakistan with his century against India in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.