Mohammad Rizwan to Play for Sussex in T20 Blast

Qais Ahmad rejoins Kent

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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan will join Sussex in 2022.

This will be Rizwan's first stint in English county cricket. He will be available for the bulk of the County Championship and entire T20 Blast.

Rizwan will likely open the batting as a replacement for local star Phil Salt, who has left for Lancashire. In first-class cricket, Rizwan will likely replace fellow opening batsman Ben Brown, whose contract has not been renewed.

Rizwan will play alongside Australian batsman Travis Head at Sussex. Head is currently involved in the Ashes series in Australia.

“I'd be lying if I said I wasn't really disappointed to learn we'd be losing a player ofBrown's quality,” said Sussex head coach Ian Salisbury.

“Now that has happened, though, we have to look forward and I'm delighted that we've been able to act quickly over the last week or so to secure the services of one of the world's best keeper-batters as a replacement.

“Mohammad's first-class and Test records speak for themselves and it's a huge coup to welcome him to Sussex for a big chunk of next season's Championship.

“He and Travis are exactly the kind of experienced, international cricketers that our emerging lads can learn a huge amount from.”

Kent Re-Sign Ahmad

Meanwhile, Kent have retained Afghanistan spinner Qais Ahmad for the 2022 T20 Blast. Ahmad is currently playing for the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League.

“We are delighted that Qais will be returning to play for us again for the duration of the 2022 Blast,” said Kent director of cricket Paul Downton.

“Having a leg-spinner of Qais' quality in our side was a major factor in our ability to contain the opposition's run-rate and ultimately win matches in our title-winning run.

“He is a wicket-taker in the crucial middle overs and had a standout economy rate. He's a very popular figure within our dressing room as well as with our members and supporters, and we all look forward to welcoming Qais back next season.

Kent are the reigning T20 Blast champions. They beat Somerset in the 2021 final.

“I really enjoyed my first season as a Kent Spitfire and I'm excited to come back for another season,” added Ahmad. “Winning the Blast was very special and is something I will always look back on with pride.”

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