Warwickshire have agreed a deal with Hassan Ali to bring the popular Pakistan international back to Edgbaston in 2024.
Hassan established himself as a fans’ favourite, on and off the field, during his three-month spell with the Bears last season.
The right-arm quick took 33 wickets – 24 in the LV= Insurance County Championship and nine in the Vitalty Blast – having slotted seamlessly into the Bears squad and describing Edgbaston as “my second home”.
Such was his impact that the 29-year-old, who’s taken nine wickets for Pakistan in the ongoing ICC World Cup, was awarded his White Bear Cap ahead of his final game in the dramatic win at Notts Outlaws.
The contract covers Warwickshire and Bears fixtures in the LV= Insurance County Championship and Vitality Blast until the end of July, with the option for Hassan to return for the red ball run-in and Vitality Blast Finals Day in September.
“The boys have always showed love to me and encouraged me,” said Hassan. “I really enjoyed my season with Warwickshire and was very keen to return.
“I feel I’m playing in my second home and I’m very comfortable in the dressing room. I didn’t feel like I’m playing in another country or another franchise.
“I can’t wait to come back. Warwickshire is one of the best teams I’ve played with. The environment is good, we play brilliant cricket and the boys are so talented.
“The players, staff and supporters looked after me so well and hopefully 2024 will be a good year for the Bears when I return.”
Hassan is expected to join up with the squad in late March for pre-season training at the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
First Team Coach Mark Robinson, said: “It’s great news for the team and the wider Club. Hassan brings a real energy to the place, the dressing room and on the pitch and inspires everyone around him with his enthusiasm.
“He’s a quality performer, a proven wicket taker and as we saw he pulled off some decent cameo roles with the bat last season as well.
“He covers red and white ball and hopefully we’ll have him for a longer duration next season and can impact across both formats.
“We all know the impact of getting a quality, passionate overseas player can bring to a Club and Hassan did some great work here off the pitch, in our community in 2023. That’s sometimes what fans don’t see.
“Hassan was keen to return, he fitted in well last year, and wanted to be part of another push for trophies with the Bears.”
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