DateLine: 15th December 2010
Todmorden have signed Pakistani slow left armer Qaiser Abbas as their new professional.
Abbas has extensive experience of league cricket in England mainly in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Premier League.
The 28 year old played for Church as sub professional last season at Colne, taking 5-41 from an unbroken 25 over spell which included 10 maidens and he helped the visitors to a comprehensive 10 wicket victory. Abbas played for Hern Heath in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Premier League last season facing Accrington's new professional Ashar Zaidi who also played in the league for Wood Lane. He scored 606 runs at 37.9 and picked up 43 wickets at 16.8.
The former Pakistani Test player made his First-class debut in 1999 at the age of 17 and played his only Test just over 12 months later against England. In all First-class matches Abbas has scored 5265 runs at 31.9 with five centuries. He has picked up 89 wickets at 31.2.
Todmorden Committee Press Officer Ian Roberts said: "Everyone at Todmorden is delighted with the signing of Qaiser Abbas for the 2011 season. Qaiser is a well respected professional back in Pakistan and he has excellent experience in UK conditions. Qaiser has spent five seasons since 2004 playing in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Cricket League and he has been a quality performer. Over the five seasons he has played for Stone, Kynpersley and Hem Heath and in total he has scored over 5,000 runs and taken over 200 wickets. Qaiser is also an ECB Level 2 qualified coach and he will be getting involved with the coaching side of the club with the seniors and the juniors. We would like to thank Danny Archer of Pro Sports for making this deal happen and we look forward to seeing Qaiser in 2011."
He will be the club's fourth Pakistani professional following Safdar 'Jim' Minhas, Aftab Baloch and Moshin Khan.
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