Ajaz Patel signs as overseas replacement in September

21 Jul 2022 | Cricket

Glamorgan Cricket has signed New Zealand slow left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel as an overseas player for the final four matches of the LV= County Championship season.

The 33-year-old replaces seamer Michael Neser who will return to Australia to join Queensland before the start of the Sheffield Shield.

Patel has played 12 Test matches and taken 43 wickets at an average of 27. Last year he became only the 3rd player in Test match history to take all ten wickets in an innings when he claimed 10/119 against India in Mumbai.

He boasts an impressive overall first-class record, with 272 wickets from just 74 matches, which includes 19 five-wicket hauls. 

Patel will be available for all the Welsh county’s first-class matches in September, starting with the fixture against Worcestershire on Monday, 5th September at Sophia Gardens.

On signing for September, Ajaz Patel, said: “ I really enjoyed my short spell in County Cricket in 2019 so when the opportunity arose to play again at Glamorgan I jumped at it.

"I can’t wait to get over to Wales and meet my new teammates and support staff. Hopefully, I can contribute to a successful end to the campaign."

Director of Cricket, Mark Wallace, added: “Michael Neser has been absolutely brilliant for us this season, but we are delighted to replace him with someone of the quality of Ajaz.

“He is a high-class operator and proven match-winner who will give us variety and options in our attack and hopefully help our promotion push as we reach the back end of the season.”