Fakhar Zaman: Glamorgan sign Pakistan batsman for T20

Fakhar Zaman hits out in a match for Pakistan
Fakhar Zaman won the most recent of his T20 caps against England in Cardiff in May, 2019

Glamorgan have confirmed the signing of Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman for the first eight games of the T20 Blast.

The move follows the injury to Australia's Shaun Marsh who is currently out with a broken arm suffered in the nets.

His brother, all-rounder Mitch Marsh, is currently due to join the county after the first four games.

Fakhar has won 30 T20 caps for Pakistan.

The 29-year-old left-hander has been a regular for Pakistan in the World Cup with a top score of 62 against India, taking his tally to 44 appearances in the international 50-overs format.

He is scheduled to make his debut as Glamorgan begin their Blast campaign at home to Somerset on Thursday 18 July provided he arrives in time.

"Fakhar Zahman has signed up and agreed the contract," said head coach Maynard.

"We are hopeful he will play against Somerset. It is whether the visa comes through in time and he gets on the flight and is here for Thursday.

"We will have to monitor when he arrives and see how he is feeling."

Their current overseas player, Marnus Labuschagne, is due to leave at the end of the Championship match against Middlesex because of Australian squad commitments.

Glamorgan are waiting to see whether Mitchell Marsh is named in the Australia squad for the Ashes which would rule him out of joining up at Sophia Gardens.

"It is a bit watch this space with Mitch," said Glamorgan director of cricket Mark Wallace.

"When we signed him a few months ago he was quite a way from the Ashes squad.

"His stock has risen over the last few weeks and he has got a good chance to be in that squad now.

"If that comes about we will have to have a look at what our options are."