Overseas Player Update
Corey Anderson will be returning to New Zealand immediately to undergo treatment for a stress fracture to his back and he will therefore play no further part in Somerset’s NatWest T20 Blast competition.
Since he joined Somerset the big hitting left hander has played a key part in the teams successes on the field which has put them in a good position to qualify for the next stage of the T20 competition.
Before he departed Corey said: “I am grateful to Somerset for giving me an opportunity to play cricket in England and only sorry that I have been unable to conclude my stay with them. However I hope that at some point in the future when my back problem has been resolved that I will be able to return.
Matt Maynard said: “It’s disappointing that Corey has had to return to New Zealand, particularly in light of what he has achieved during his short time with us. During his time here Corey has soldiered on bravely and managed his ongoing stress fracture well but now it needs immediate treatment.
“We have really enjoyed having him around and he has made a positive contribution both on and off the field at the Club. Hopefully we will see him again in Taunton in the future.”
As an overseas replacement Somerset have agreed terms with Pakistan top order batsman Fakhar Zaman until the end of the season in both formats. Zaman came to prominence when he scored 114 for Pakistan in their victory over India in the ICC Champions Trophy Final at the Oval in June this year.
The 27 year old left handed batsman has appeared in four One Day Internationals in which he has scored 252 runs at an average of 63, he has also played in three T20 Internationals in which he averages 13.
In his career Fakhar has played in 35 First Class matches and scored 2,269 runs at an average of 63, whilst in 51 List A games he averages 50.18. Fakhar Zaman will join Somerset as soon as his visa is granted and will be available for selection from then on.
Matt Maynard said: “It’s great to have Fakhar joining us and in addition we will have Dean Elgar back for the final three NatWest T20 Blast group stage games.
“However Dean has to return to South Africa for a camp prior to the South Africa vs Bangladesh series. As a result, he will play no further Specsavers County Championship cricket for us. This is why Fakhar will be available for us in both formats until the end of the season.”
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