LONDON: Middlesex have signed Junaid Khan as their latest overseas player. The Pakistan left-armer will be available to play in the Royal London Cup as well as the Championship, if required.
Junaid replaces Joe Burns, who was brought in after Adam Voges, initially signed as captain, was selected in Australia’s Ashes squad.
Junaid has previously played county cricket with Lancashire, for whom he took 31 T20 wickets at 14.58 during two spells between 2011 and 2014. His first game for Middlesex could come against Lancashire at Blackpool on Wednesday.
Junaid has not played since Pakistan’s defeat to Sri Lanka in the Colombo Test last month. A regular in the side since his debut in 2011, he has struggled since returning from a knee injury sustained in late 2014.
“We are delighted to have got a bowler of Junaid’s quality at such short notice,” Angus Fraser, Middlesex’s director of cricket, said. “I would like to than the Pakistan Cricket Board for their help in getting this deal through.
With over 80 international appearances and over 150 international wickets he will bring variety, experience and further quality to our bowling attack.
“His time with Lancashire means he has experience of English conditions. His presence will ease the workload on our main seamers too.”