Naveen-ul-Haq, the Afghanistan seamer who was the leading wicket-taker in the 2021 T20 Blast, has re-signed with Leicestershire for next summer amid interest from other counties.
Naveen, who is currently representing Afghanistan at the T20 World Cup in the UAE, took at least one wicket in every game he played in the Blast this year, finishing the season with 26 at an average of 17.57 and an economy rate of 8.67 runs per over.
Leicestershire finished sixth in the nine-team North Group last year, missing out on the quarter-finals by three points, and Naveen said he hoped he could help them reach the knockouts next season.
"It was an easy decision when I was told that the club was keen on re-signing me for the 2022 season," Naveen said in a press release. "There was interest from a few other counties, but I enjoyed my time in Leicestershire last season and felt at home here so much, with special thanks to Paul [Nixon, the club's head coach]."
Nixon said he was "delighted" that Naveen had re-signed after his success this year. "To get the leading wicket-taker from the 2021 instalment of the Vitality Blast back for 2022 is a real coup for the club," he said.
"Naveen is a good character around the dressing room and always carries himself in a professional manner. His mixture of determination and skill levels means he is a key wicket-taker for us heading into the competition."