Warwickshire sign Hassan Ali for 2023 County Championship and T20 Blast

The Pakistan pace bowler, who took 25 wickets at 20.60 in five red-ball outings for Lancashire in 2022, will be available until the end of July

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Hassan Ali has joined Warwickshire as an overseas signing for the 2023 season.

The Pakistan pace bowler, who represented Lancashire in first-class cricket in 2022, will be available for Warwickshire in both the LV= Insurance County Championship and T20 Blast until the end of July.

Hassan has been capped in all formats by Pakistan, taking 77 wickets at 24.57 in 21 Test appearances and a further 60 wickets in 50 T20I outings.

His T20 career has also seen him represent Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League.

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Hassan was a hit at Lancashire in 2022 [Ryan Pierse/Getty Images]

An instant hit at Emirates Old Trafford last season, the 28-year-old took 25 wickets at 20.60 in five appearances for Lancashire. Though he only averages 16.41 with the bat in first-class cricket, he does have a red-ball century to his name as well as five half-centuries.

Commenting on joining Warwickshire, Hassan said: "I'm delighted to sign for Warwickshire as they are an ambitious club and Edgbaston is a ground I've always enjoyed playing at.

"I hope I can help the team with my experience and contribute to some wins, maybe even a trophy."

Head coach, Mark Robinson, added: "Hassan made a real statement at Lancashire with some match-winning performances. It was his first spell in English county cricket but he settled in seamlessly and that experience will undoubtedly help him going into a second season.

"He'll play a major role for us in both the Championship and the T20 Blast with his stay running from the start of the season and ending at the end of July.

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Hassan has played 21 Tests for Pakistan [Gareth Copley/Getty Images]

"He's an established international bowler and a fantastic addition to our attack giving us something different to what we already have."

In signing Hassan, Warwickshire have added yet more firepower to their impressive red-ball pace attack, with the likes of Craig Miles, Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Liam Norwell already Edgbaston favourites – the trio took a combined 110 wickets to help Warwickshire to the title in 2021 – and Chris Rushworth recruited from Durham.

However, in addition to his bowling credentials, Warwickshire are also gaining a player with flair. Hassan kept Lancashire's fans on their toes last season with his trademark 'boom' celebrations, exaggerated appeals and, against Gloucestershire, snapping James Bracey's stump in two with a devastating yorker. In that same match, he spent 12 minutes in the middle with the bat, dispatching a four and a six before departing.

Warwickshire fans can be assured of at least one thing from Hassan next season: entertainment.

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