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Opening batsman Azhar Ali signs for Somerset County

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Azhar Ali is set to make his debut against Worcestershire in July.

Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has joined Somerset for the remainder of their first-class English County Championship fixtures this season, the southwest club said Monday.

The 33-year-old replaces Australia opener Matt Renshaw, who made three hundred at 51.30 in the opening rounds of the Championship before breaking a finger against Surrey at Guildford last month.

Azhar is set to make his Somerset debut against Worcestershire later this month.
“I have heard good things about Somerset and I was impressed by what I saw at Taunton in 2016 (when Pakistan opened their tour of England that year against the county).

“I am looking forward to joining my new teammates and meeting the Somerset supporters soon.”

“The standard of first-class cricket in England is very high and I hope that I can make a contribution to Somerset winning matches,” Azhar told news website.

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