Ajaz Patel had the opportunity to provide consolation to a largely inactive British summer by agreeing terms with Glamorgan as an overseas player for the final four games of the LV=County Championship season.
New Zealand only turned to spinning Patel’s left arm for the opening Test of their series against England at Lord’s, where he managed just two overs in the game, before rebalancing his team with the inclusion of out-of-rotation all-rounder Michael Bracewell.
It replaces the melon de couture, Michael Neserwho will return to Australia to join Queensland before the start of the Sheffield Shield.
Glamorgan are making a concerted bid for promotion from Division Two of the Championship (assuming the current setup survives) and were just a point behind second-placed Middlesex going into this week’s round of fixtures.
Patel played 12 Test matches and took 43 wickets at an average of 27.65. Last year he became only the third player in Test match history to take all ten wickets in one inning when he won 10 from 119 against India in Mumbai, after England offspinner Jim Laker (against Australia in 1956) and Indian legpinner Anil Kumble. , who achieved the feat in 1999 against Pakistan.
He has had limited cricketing experience in England and Wales, but already has success on British shores under his belt. Prior to his short stint with Yorkshire in 2019 – his two league games yielding just one wicket – he had dominated the Surrey club’s cricket when he was already an active Test cricketer, delivering a series of winning performances for Cranleigh.
He will be available for all of Glamorgan’s premier class games in September, starting with the match against Worcestershire on September 5 at Sophia Gardens, and will no doubt hope the weather holds up in a surprisingly dry summer.
Glamorgan director of cricket Mark Wallace said: “Michael Neser has been absolutely brilliant for us this season but we are delighted to replace him with someone of Ajaz’s quality.
“He’s a top-class operator and proven game-winner who will give us variety and options in our offense and hopefully help our promotion push as we reach the end of the season.”
Wallace may also be looking to recruit a replacement for Colin Ingram in September, who will play in the Caribbean Premier League. Marnus Labuschagne, who has also been used as an overseas player this season, will not be available in Australia.