Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi signs for Leicestershire

Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. (AFP)
Updated 07 March 2018
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Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi signs for Leicestershire

LONDON: English county side Leicestershire on Wednesday announced the signing of Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi as an overseas player for Twenty20 matches.
The 33-year-old has a strike rate of nearly 140 in 60 T20 internationals and has chipped in with 61 wickets at an average of 24.80.
Nabi recently played for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League and will represent SunRisers Hyderabad in the upcoming Indian Premier League.
The off-spinner has underlined his white-ball ability in 93 one-day internationals, claiming 96 scalps with an economy rate of 4.27.
“I have heard a lot of good things about the Foxes,” said Nabi, who also has an ODI century and 11 ODI half-centuries to his name.
“I am looking forward to working with (head coach) Paul Nixon and joining a professional and ambitious county with a good track record in T20.”
“I know all about Mohammad Nabi’s qualities in the game,” said Nixon. “He can make a huge impact in our middle order and is an off-break bowler who operates with great control and skill.
“Nabi has a brilliant white-ball record for Afghanistan and in T20 competitions around the world. He is exactly the type of player that we were looking for and is somebody who will fit in beautifully here.”


Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne close to Manchester City return, says Pep Guardiola

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Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne close to Manchester City return, says Pep Guardiola

MANCHESTER: Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne are both on the verge of a return to action for Manchester City as a busy December program gathers pace, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.
Aguero, City’s leading scorer, has missed their past four matches with a groin problem but has been able to train without discomfort and could face Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Belgium midfielder De Bruyne suffered ligament damage to his right knee in August and although he returned in October, he then injured his left knee during the League Cup win over Fulham on November 1.
He too has resumed full training and Guardiola will assess both players in the hope that his lengthy casualty list might be about to ease.
The manager, though, is optimistic on 30-year-old Aguero, who has 12 goals in all competitions this season.
“He did the last two training sessions, including on Thursday and he has no pain in his injury so we’ll decide,” he said.
“Kevin is in the same situation as Sergio. Yesterday he trained with no pain, we will see.”
The win over Hoffenheim enabled City to get back on track after the disappointment of seeing their 15-match unbeaten start to the Premier League season end in a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea last Saturday.
“Last season, when we dropped points, we were able to respond with another big run,” he said.