In his previous spell in south west England Rehman captured 27 wickets in four LV=CC matches in the latter part of the 2012 season, at an average of 14.19. This included a best of 9 for 65. That impressive haul remains Rehman’s best bowling performance in a first class career of 136 matches in which he has taken 512 wickets at an average of 25.99.
In addition he took 9 wickets in 3 List A matches for Somerset at an average of 8.11. In all Rehman has played in 139 matches and captured 201 wickets at 26.18, while in T20 he has appeared in 62 matches and claimed 66 wickets at 22.19.
Abdur Rehman has appeared in 22 Test Matches for Pakistan, in which he has taken 99 wickets, 31 One Day Internationals and 8 T20 Internationals.
After signing his contract Abdur Rehman told the club’s official site: “I am very happy to be going back to play for Somerset. I hugely enjoyed my time at the County Ground two years ago and I look forward to playing for the County again for the whole of this coming season.”
Matt Maynard, the Somerset Director of Cricket, said: “Abdur Rehman is a really good signing for us. He is a quality spin bowler and will hopefully help us to turn some of those draws into victories.
“Abdur will be coming back into an environment he is familiar with and playing alongside team mates who he knows from the time he spent here a few years ago.
He added: ”He is also a more than useful lower order batsman, a terrier in the field and is available in all three formats all season. He’s a quality all round cricketer for us to sign.”
There is no doubt that this is a quality signing for Somerset. There had been strong rumours emanating from the County Ground that Matt wanted a world class international spinner to join the ranks, and one that can handle a bat too. In the case Abdur fits the bill perfectly.
It would appear that Matt wants two spinners in each game next season, particularly in Championship cricket, so this signing does not necessarily spell the end of the road for any of our three young spinners – Leach, Dockrell and Waller – all of whom signed extended contracts in 2014. Let’s hope each learn a lot from the great man.
Somerset supporters took to Abdur in 2012 and he demonstrated his immense class in the short time he was at Taunton. He clearly liked the surrounding’s too. It makes perfect sense to welcome him back.
Good luck Abdur.