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Kabir (23)

Kabir Ali

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Full Name Kabir Ali
Nickname
DoB 24th November 1980
Height 6'0
Bats/Bowls Right-hand/Right-arm medium/fast
Shirt Number 23
Lancashire Previous Teams: Worcestershire (1999-2009), Rajasthan (2006/07),Hampshire (2010-2012), Barisal Burners (t20, 2011/12).
Tests 1 - v South Africa (Headingley) 2003
ODI 14 - Debut v Zimbabwe (Headingley) 2003

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It was a funny first season at Emirates Old Trafford for ex-England bowler Kabir Ali in 2013, who is yet to make his County Championship debut for the club.

The now 33-year-old suffered a right knee injury whilst playing Twenty20 cricket at the Bangladesh Premier League in early February, ruling him out of action until June.

The condition of his knee meant that his workload was managed upon his return, and thus he did not play in the Championship.

But, still, he was exceptional in 40-over and Twenty20 cricket, taking 18 wickets from eight matches in the former and 14 wickets from eleven outings in the latter.

As a result of not playing a Championship match in 2013, he is still waiting to reach the 500-wicket barrier in first-class cricket. He is only 17 wickets away. Hopefully that will come in 2014.

The fast bowler, born in Birmingham, has enjoyed a successful career primarily with Worcestershire, but also having featured for England, most recently Hampshire as well as England A (now Lions) and Rajasthan.

Ali joined Lancashire after three seasons on the South Coast with Hampshire. He had previously spent eleven with Worcester, in which time he played one Test and 14 one-day internationals.

Rated as one of England’s most promising bowlers earlier in his career, his progression has been hampered by a number of injuries, most notably a serious one to his knee to virtually wipe out the 2010 summer, his first with Hampshire.

Having made his first-class debut during the latter stages of 1999 campaign, Ali got his first taste of international duty when called up to England’s one-day squad in Australia during the winter of 2002/3, but had to wait until that July until he made his bow in a 50-over match against Zimbabwe at Headingley.

He also made his only Test appearance at the Leeds venue - against South Africa - the following month, taking five wickets in the match. Unfortunately, he did not get another chance.

That was not the case in the one-day international arena, however, as he was his country’s leading wicket-taker with 13 in a 4-1 series defeat in South Africa in 2005, memorably helping to secure a tie at Bloemfontein with an expertly bowled final over. It is a match regularly replayed by Sky Sports on their Classics programmes.

After that series, he only played six more ODIs, including his penultimate one against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford in 2006.

Ali, who regularly bowls a heavy ball just back of a length with quite low, slingy action - nowhere near somebody such as Lasith Malinga, however - has taken 23 five-wicket hauls and four ten-wicket match hauls during his career.

Ironically, his best figures of 8-50 from 16 overs came for Worcestershire against Lancashire at Old Trafford in May, 2007. His haul included the scalps of new county colleagues Paul Horton, Glen Chapple and Jimmy Anderson.

Ali also comes from a cricket mad family. His brother Aatif has played second XI cricket for Hampshire, Worcestershire and Leicestershire, while he has three cricket playing cousins. Omar has played Minor Counties for Hertfordshire - and Moeen is an integral part of Worcester’s top order and Kadir played for Leicester last year.

“When I was born dad actually smuggled a cricket ball in (to the hospital),” Ali once said. “All our family plays, and dad decided to smuggle a cricket ball in and rubbed it on my forehead.”

Before leaving Hampshire, he helped them secure victory over Warwickshire in the 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40 final by bowling a tight last over. He was also part of their Champions League t20 squad in South Africa nearly a month later, playing one of their two matches.

Graham Hardcastle


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