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Cricket news - Mir Hamza signs with Sussex for County Championship 2019

Mir Hamza will be following on the footsteps of legendary Pakistani cricketers like Javed Miandad and Imran Khan to play for Sussex

Pakistan fast bowler Mir Hamza has been snapped by Sussex on a two-month deal ahead of the 2019 County Championship. The 26-year-old left-arm quick will be available for nine county games plus a tour game against Australia A in July. His stint will start with the fixture against Northamptonshire on May 20.

"We're looking forward to welcoming Mir Hamza to Sussex," Sussex's head coach, Jason Gillespie, said. "He's a left-arm swing bowler who has performed well when opportunities have been there for him for his country. He will add to the depth of our seam bowling unit at the club. He will no doubt have a positive impact."

"I'm very excited to have the chance to play county cricket with a great club like Sussex, following in the footsteps of Pakistan legends like Javed Miandad and Imran Khan," Hamza said. "I hope I can make a good contribution towards some victories. And on a personal level, I am looking forward to working with, and learning from, Jason Gillespie."

Gillespie is understood to have been chiefly responsible for Ishant Sharma's renaissance of sorts after the India fast bowler enjoyed a little stint with Sussex in the early rounds of last season. His acquisition was not enough to guarantee the club promotion to Division One, with Sussex finishing third. But the side will hope that Hamza's slightly longer deal will help them go a couple of steps further and into the first division of the competition.

Hamza, who made his Test debut versus Australia at Abu Dhabi in October 2018, averages 18.34 with the ball from 59 first-class games and has 282 wickets to boot. This will be his County assignment although he has toured England with Pakistan A side in 2016, claiming 11 wickets at 26.00 from three matches.

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