County news January 12, 2016

Zaidi leaves Sussex to join Essex

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ashar Zaidi was making his Sussex debut © Getty Images

Ashar Zaidi, the former Sussex allrounder, has joined Essex on a one-year deal, and will be available in all three formats after impressing in the recent Bangladesh Premier League.

Zaidi, 34, a left-handed batsmand and a slow left-arm bowler, was named as Player of the Tournament after scoring 215 runs at 53.75 and taking 17 wickets at 10.41. His first-class averages of 36.89 with the bat, and 30.32 with the ball, also augur well for his new team.

"We're pleased to be able to bring Ashar in for 2016 as we look to strengthen the bowling attack," said Chris Silverwood, Essex's head coach. "When you consider his batting abilities, this really makes sense at this moment in time.

"We have a number of young players coming through, so someone with Ashar's experience will be invaluable to the group. We believe he can make an impact across all three competitions this coming season."

Zaidi was enthusiastic about the move: "I am delighted to have agreed terms with Essex for the 2016 season. I look forward to continuing my county career following two enjoyable years with Sussex.

"I hope to be able to continue my good form from this winter into the new season. Having spoken to a few of the players at Essex, I know they are all excited for the new season under Chris Silverwood and I look forward to linking up with everyone over the next few weeks."

Comments have now been closed for this article