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 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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