HAMPTON and Solihull CC have announced the signing of former England International Kabir Ali who will join the club for the 2022 season.
Ali has committed himself to the club’s development plan for the next few years and has played in the Birmingham League since 2016.
He made his debut for Worcestershire in 1999 and spent 11 years at New Road – during which time he received international recognition in both Test and One Day formats.
His sole Test against South Africa saw him claim five wickets, whilst in One Day cricket he represented England 14 times, picking up 20 wickets against India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The Moseley born bowler retired from professional cricket in 2015 having taken 500 first-class wickets in his career including 23 five-wicket hauls and claimed 10 wickets in a match on four occasions whilst scoring over 2,700 runs.
Hampton and Solihull Chairman, Mike Palmer, said: “We are extremely pleased to have Kabir joining us and he is a key part of our plans for the coming years.
“As well as being a top quality cricketer, Kabir is an excellent coach who will complement our existing team, which includes former first-class players Ateeq Javid, Phil Oliver and Steve Perryman.”
After leaving New Road, he played for Hampshire for two seasons, helping them to win the CB40 title in his final appearance at Lord’s in 2012, before joining Lancashire.
He has also played for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and Barisal Burners in the Bangladesh Premier League.
He has since turned out for C&R Hawks (2017-19) and West Bromwich Dartmouth (2016, 2020-21) in the Birmingham League, scoring 2881 runs and taking 221 wickets.
Ali remains active off the field as a director of the South Asian Cricket Association (SACA) alongside Isa Guha, Wasim Khan and Preet Kaur Gill MP.
The scheme offers bursaries, education opportunities and coaching aimed at helping British Asian cricketers between the ages of 18 and 24 pursue careers in cricket.