Twenty20 Big Bash 2011-12 November 9, 2010

Western Australia sign Mahmood for Big Bash

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sajid Mahmood, the former England fast bowler, has replaced Kemar Roach as one of Western Australia's overseas players for the Twenty20 Big Bash. Roach had to pull out due to his West Indies commitments, forcing the Warriors to find another strike bowler for the tournament starting in late December.

"I believe we have a very competent replacement," the state coach Mickey Arthur said. "He is a genuine strike bowler who will shake up opposition batsmen, he is a capable batter himself who hits the ball a long way, and he is also great in the field, so he offers us the complete package."

Mahmood, 28, has played eight Tests, 26 ODIs and four Twenty20 internationals, but he last represented England in 2009. Western Australia are still waiting for final approval from the West Indies board to have Chris Gayle, the former captain, back for his second season.

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  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Sajid Iqbal Mahmood - Lancashire/Bolton League

  • Girik on November 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    This guy probably even make the England A bowling line-up. That's how bad he is. Before I clicked in my mind I was thinking of the Pakistani "Azhar Mahmood" who is at least an all-rounder although he's getting old now.

  • Adrian on November 10, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Sajid Mahmood, another "English" player who was really from another country himself (in this case Pakistan), who got a shot to showcase English multi-culturalism, didn't cut mustard and now is on the outer, probably permanently. Surely we can do better than this. Surely there are actual Pakistan pace bowlers that we could poach - they seem to have about 1,000 of them. Or one of those killer West Indian batsmen. Or, heck, Freddy Flintoff. Sajid Mahmood will earn calls of "who?" from the crowd.

  • Bryn on November 9, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    pfff why would the warriors do this? why would they hire a nobody?

  • Tim on November 9, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    This is what i dont like about the international players system. Why would WA opt for this clown when they have a stack of bowling talent themselves. All this is going to do is stop a young aussie quick, getting a crack of getting his name in front of selectors. Clubs should only sign BIG NAME players who will bring in crowds and attract interest, and also win you games eg: Chris Gayle. Nobody is going to come and see this guy nor will he win you games. As that is the case, WA should of just used their own aussie talent.

  • King on November 9, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Well okay then. 25char...

  • Arnab on November 9, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    rofl kemar roach strike bowler?! he is a hack of a batsmen and a dibbly dobbler, this isnt a like for like replacement..

  • asif on November 9, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    it wan't a right choice... better player than sajid mahmood is there in world to opt it for... S.A will have to look for it rather thsn sajid mahmood.

  • Steve on November 9, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Nice one, Saj! Get them Aussies hopping! The innovator of the slow bouncer.

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