Kabir commits to Worcestershire

Last updated at 14:41 18 March 2005

England paceman Kabir Ali has signed a new four-year contract with Worcestershire. Kabir, whose previous contract was due to run out at the end of the forthcoming season, has committed himself to the county until the summer of 2008.

The 24-year-old has just returned from a successful limited-overs series with his country in South Africa and will be a contender for the 2007 World Cup squad.

Kabir, signed by Worcestershire as an 18-year-old, has developed into one of the most promising swing bowlers on the county circuit and already has taken over 200 wickets.

Last season he was dogged by injury problems and made only eight County Championship appearances but is determined to have put those sort of problems behind him.

Kabir said: "I am delighted to sign a long-term deal with Worcestershire. They were the county that showed tremendous faith in me and signed me as an 18-year-old.

"I am now approaching a very important phase in my career and believe that I can take my game to the next level with the help I receive from Worcestershire.

"I have always had an excellent relationship with Tom Moody (director of cricket) and Damien D'Oliveira (assistant coach) and I'm sure they can help me continue to develop my game."

Kabir added: "I've had a few problems in the past with my fitness and at one stage had to remodel my action because of a stress fracture in my back and last season was frustrating injury-wise.

"But I'm working harder than ever on my fitness and also it's the same in terms of my batting."

Worcestershire will be delighted to have secured Kabir's services on a long-term basis and nipped in the bud any possible clamour for his services at the end of the coming season.

Kabir has played one Test match and eight one-day internationals. He has taken 205 wickets in 56 first-class matches and scored 1,178 runs at an average of 20.

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