Full name Abidine Sakande
Born September 22, 1994, Chester, Cheshire
Current age 25 years 326 days
Major teams England Development Programme Under-19s, England Under-19s, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI, Sussex Under-13s, Sussex Under-14s, Sussex Under-15s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Education Ardingly College
|First-class debut||Oxford University v Cambridge University at Oxford, Jun 30-Jul 3, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Lancashire v Sussex at Manchester, Jul 13-15, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sussex v Kent at Hove, Aug 2, 2016 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sussex v Glamorgan at Hove, May 7, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/72||Sussx 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Southampton||12 Aug 2019||Other|
|2/20, 20*, 2/46||Sussx 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Woodman Cote||6 Aug 2019||Other|
|1/35||Sussx 2nd XI||v Surr 2nd XI||Woodman Cote||5 Aug 2019||Other T20|
|4/32||Sussx 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Hove||22 Jul 2019||Other T20|
|2/32||Sussx 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Beckenham||18 Jul 2019||Other T20|
|7, 1/89, 15||Sussex||v Lancashire||Manchester||13 Jul 2019||FC|
|0, 3/89, 7||Sussex||v Australia A||Arundel||7 Jul 2019||FC|
|2/64, 3, 3/74, 0*||Sussex||v Northants||Hove||30 Jun 2019||FC|
|1/57, 7*||Sussx 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Billericay||27 Jun 2019||Other T20|
|2/33||Sussx 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Billericay||27 Jun 2019||Other T20|
A tall, powerful fast bowler, Abi Sakande balanced cricket with a human sciences degree at St John's College, Oxford before signing full-time with Sussex in 2016, but turned down a contract extension three seasons later after failing to nail down a first-team place.
Born in Chester but educated at Ardingly College in Sussex, Sakande made a single appearance for England Under-19s in 2013 before making his first-class debut in the 2014 Varsity Match. He impressed in MCCU fixtures against Middlesex and Worcestershire, counting Nick Compton among his victims, and was given an opportunity to impress for Sussex against the touring Pakistan in 2016, in a game better remembered as Jofra Archer's first-class debut.
He took a maiden first-class five-wicket haul in 2017 against a South Africa A side that included Temba Bavuma and Aiden Markram, but his Championship appearances generally saw him leak runs, perhaps as a result of his overzealous attempts to seal his spot in the first team.
He looked set for a greater role in 2019 after a successful winter in Cape Town, but fell out of the side in July, and turned down an offer for an extension in September citing the competition for fast-bowling places at the club.