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Rehman set for Somerset move

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July 2, 2012

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Abdur Rehman celebrates Pakistan's first breakthrough, Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day, February 6, 2012
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Abdur Rehman, the Pakistan left-arm spinner, is set to join Somerset for the latter part of the season subject to being granted a visa. If the move is confirmed he will provide cover for George Dockrell who is due to be on international duty with Ireland.

Rehman has become a key part of Pakistan's Test attack, forming a spin partnership with Saeed Ajmal, and took 19 wickets in the whitewash against England earlier this year. The current Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo is his 17th but he is not part of Pakistan's Twenty20 set-up which should make him available for the remainder of the English season.

"Contracts have been signed with Rehman and a no objection certificate has been sent to us by the Pakistan Cricket Board," director of cricket Brian Rose told Somerset's website. "It just remains for Abdur to sort out a visa and, once that is done, we hope he will be with us in time for our championship game with Warwickshire at Taunton, starting on July 18."

"We looked at other possible targets, but he was always high on the list," he added. "He has an excellent first-class record, with a bowling average not dissimilar to Murali Kartik's. Rehman also bats reasonably well, going in around number eight, so that was also a plus point when it came to signing him.

"The other positive is that he is not currently in Pakistan's T20 side, so once he joins us he should be available for the remainder of our season."

Somerset have tried and failed to secure the services of a host of overseas players this season including Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Roelof van der Merwe and Faf du Plessis. They currently have the South Africa pair of Richard Levi and Albie Morkel for the Friends Life t20. Somerset will be crossing their fingers about Rehman as a number of players have struggled to obtain visas this season.

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Posted by JG2704 on (July 3, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

@EnglishCricket on (July 02 2012, 17:23 PM GMT) But then as a Somerset fan I want to see us seriously challenging for the title.CC sides are only allowed one overseas player anyway and who knows how much choice they had

Posted by   on (July 3, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

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Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (July 2, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

Unfortunately Waller, as a leggie, who whilst he has a nice googly,does not have telescopic accuracy, nor does he have the whip of Warne, nor does he put huge levels of spin on the ball (from what I can see!!) So dont think he'll be given much chance at Somerset in the CC. Really like him in the shorter formats thou. Added to this Dockrell is apparently away for a month, and thou I havent seen the schedule no doubt they are cramming 4 CC matches in this period. Kartik nearly won us the CC 2 years ago, and the hope is on the sun baked strips later this summer (hahaha) a quality spinner is essential. Voila mister Rehman. We'll take Briggs if he wants amove?

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 2, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

I don't really see the point of this, I'm sure Somerset could've allowed one of their young guns to experience such matches even if its a short while. As an Englishman, got to admit out spin bowling is not that great so this is a bit worrying and something we need to address fast.

Posted by JG2704 on (July 2, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

PS and I hope this will get published as there was no comments boxes on the last T20 , but what happened in the Worcs match? I'm not sure I've seen such a pathetic batting card. I find it a real worry that we've now lost 2 in a row and more worrying both by very big margins

Posted by JG2704 on (July 2, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Mixed views re this.I'll do my against bit 1st. I'm not convinced we need a spinner. Dockrell seems to be doing a good job in the CC and I feel that Waller deserves more opportunities. I also would like to have seen them sign a pace bowler. Having said that Rehman is obviously a quality bowler and if he is unlikely to be recalled by Pak and not restricted on his workload like VP he could be a crucial signing. I wish we could sign good weather too

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