Qais Ahmad signs a deal with Kent for T20 Blast & 2 County Championship Games

Afghanistan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad has joined Kent for the entire Vitality T20 Blast campaign and two County Championship games.

The 20-year-old has a T20 career bowling average of just 21.28, an economy rate of 7.5 and has taken 77 wickets in 67 matches in the format. Ahmad also has a T20 batting strike rate of 126.46 and has an unbeaten T20 half-century to his name.

Qais became the 16th man to play Test cricket for Afghanistan against Bangladesh in 2019. He finished that game with figures of 1/28 from nine overs and has taken 68 wickets in 12 first-class matches so far in his career at 20.51. He’ll join former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, who joined Kent for the second half of the competition last month.

Qais has played alongside Kent vice-captain Daniel Bell-Drummond for Colombo Kings in the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League in 2020.

Qais “excited” to take part in the T20 Blast

“I’m excited to play in the Vitality Blast and I’m really looking forward to being a Kent Spitfire,” said Qais Ahmad.

Kent’s director of cricket, Paul Downton, added: “We’re delighted to welcome a leg-spinner of Qais Ahmad’s class to Kent as we look to bring some variety to our attack ahead of the Vitality Blast.

“[He] is an exciting talent who has shown his ability in top-quality leagues all over the world. I am confident that his enthusiasm for the game will make him a firm favourite with our members and supporters as we look to welcome crowds back to watching live cricket again.”

This will mark his debut season in county cricket. He was due to join Gloucestershire as an overseas player last year but his contract got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vaibhav Tripathi
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