Pakistan left-handed batsman Fakhar Zaman will get his first taste of the English county after he was signed by Somerset as their overseas player.
The 27-year-old will replace New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson who needs a surgery for stress fracture after playing four games for Somerset in T20 Blast.
Fakhar will be representing the side in the T20 Blast as well as the County Championship during his stay at Taunton.
“During his time here Corey has soldiered on bravely and managed his ongoing stress fracture well but now it needs immediate treatment,” said Somerset’s director of cricket Matt Maynard.
Maynard went on to welcome Fakhar’s signing. “It’s great to have Fakhar joining us,” he said. “In addition, we will have Dean Elgar back for the final three T20 Blast group stage games. However, Dean has to return to South Africa for a camp prior to the South Africa v Bangladesh series. As a result, he will play no further County Championship cricket for us.”
Fakhar, 27, was the player of the match for Pakistan with his century against India in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy.
He has played four ODIs and three T20Is for Pakistan, making an immediate impact at the top of the order.