Pakistan pacers Mohammad Abbas and Sohail Khan signed up by Leicestershire for 2018 season

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Mohammad Abbas will be Leicestershire's main overseas player for 2018.

The Pakistan pace-bowling duo of Sohail Khan and Mohammad Abbas has been signed by English county Leicestershire as their overseas players for the 2018 season.

27-year-old Abbas is expected to play for the majority of the 2018 season for the outfit bar late April to mid-June where he could be a part of Pakistan’s side for the tour of England.

33-year-old Sohail has been signed as cover and will fill in for Abbas for the remainder of the season should the latter be called up to the Pakistan squad.

Seamer Abbas has been Pakistan’s top domestic bowler for the past two years finishing as the highest wicket-taker in both of them. He has played five Tests for his country in his career so far picking up 23 wickets.

Sohail Khan has played nine Test matches for Pakistan.

Sohail Khan has played nine Test matches for Pakistan.

Sohail meanwhile has played nine Tests for Pakistan with his last appearance for his country coming in the historic T20I series against the ICC World XI in Lahore last year.

Leicestershire coach and former England international Paul Nixon was delighted with the addition of the two seamers for the upcoming season.

Speaking to the BBC, he said “We have been looking for a quality fast bowler as our overseas professional and Mohammad Abbas ticks all of the boxes.

“His Test match record is different class, he is the new kid on the block, and I am delighted to secure his signature.

“It was vital that we secured high-class cover. Sohail Khan has a superb record both in red and white-ball cricket.”

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Pakistan's Shoaib Malik suffers delayed concussion signs during New Zealand ODI

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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik showed signs of delayed concussion after being hit on the head by the ball during Tuesday’s one-day international with New Zealand, the Pakistan cricket Board announced.

Malik, who was not wearing a helmet, was struck on the back of the head by a fielder’s throw as he returned to his crease after advancing down the pitch for an attempted single.

The 35-year-old was able to continue batting but faced only four more balls before being dismissed for six, and he did not come out to field when New Zealand batted.

Pakistan team physiotherapist Vib Singh said in a statement: “While trying to take a run Shoaib Malik was hit on his head with a wayward throw.

“Shoaib was assessed on field by match doctor and myself. He did not have any symptoms of a concussion and was able to carry on playing. After getting out he was reassessed and was showing delayed concussion signs. He is doing well and is resting.”

When asked about Malik’s health after the match, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur told a press conference: “He’s concussed, he’s not great at the moment. I haven’t got the final report.”

Arthur also admitted Pakistan had felt the absence of the veteran all-rounder after slumping to a five-wicket defeat in Hamilton.

He added: “With Malik out, he gave us 10 overs of off-spin which was very, very needed for us out there. We could have taken pace off with a lot more overs.

“We always had Haris (Sohail) up our sleeve but Malik’s a genuinely good offspinner and a proper offspinner, with all due respect to Haris.

“So that’s disappointing because those overs would have been crucial for us tonight.”

Pakistan trail 4-0 in the five-match ODI series.

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New Zealand beat Pakistan by five wickets and take 4-0 ODI series lead

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In cruise control: The Black Caps have made light work of Pakistan.

New Zealand defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the fourth one-day international in Hamilton on Tuesday to maintain their unbeaten run against the tourists.

The hosts reached the target of 263 set by Pakistan with four overs to spare as Colin de Grandhomme top-scored with an unbeaten 74 off 40 balls.

Earlier, Trent Boult had a rare off day, going for 73 runs in his ten overs and picking up only one wicket, as Pakistan soaked up early pressure from New Zealand’s bowlers and avoided the collapses that had plagued their batting in previous matches this series. However, they were unable to accelerate at the end of the innings, and their total of 262 looked 30 to 40 runs short.

De Grandhomme’s blitz and Henry Nicholls’ steady hand ensured that despite a mid-innings wobble, the Black Caps reached their target with plenty of time to spare.

The result gives New Zealand a 4-0 lead in the five-match series, which wraps up in Wellington on Friday.

New Zealand stretched their unbeaten run across formats to 11, a new team record.

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