Imam-ul-Haq: Somerset sign Pakistan batter for remainder of County Championship campaign

Imam-ul-Haq has most recently been Pakistan's side in their one-day series against the West Indies

Somerset have signed Pakistan batter Imam-ul-Haq for their final four County Championship matches of the season.

The 26-year-old replaces Australia's Matt Renshaw who is returning home to prepare for the upcoming domestic season with Queensland.

Imam has played in 14 Tests for Pakistan with a top score of 157 against Australia earlier this year.

The left-hander has scored more than 3,500 first-class runs at an average of 41.69 with a top score of 202 not out.

He is the third Pakistan player move to Taunton in recent seasons following Babar Azam and Azhar Ali.

"Imam-ul-Haq is an outstanding batter who will bring quality and a wealth of experience to our environment," Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said.external-link

"To be able to bring in an established Test match player for the final County Championship matches of the season is a coup for us with so much international cricket being played during this important period.

"We have a long-standing working relationship with the PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] and we are grateful to them for their assistance in helping us to sign a player of this calibre.

"We are genuinely excited about what he will add to the club both on and off the field."

Although through to home quarter-final in the T20 Blast, Somerset are currently in a relegation fight in Division One of the County Championship, sitting second from bottom, 20 point behind Northamptonshire with seven games remaining.

Imam will be available for the final four red-ball matches in September against Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Kent.

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