Monday, September 17, 2012

Hurry hails Rehman contribution

Somerset coach Andy Hurry has paid tribute to Abdur Rehman after the Pakistan spinner took a remarkable nine-wicket haul against Worcestershire at Taunton.

On the first day of the final match of the County Championship Division One season, Rehman finished with career-best figures of 9-65 as the relegated visitors could only muster 212 in their first innings.

The 32-year-old has been a revelation during his time in England, turning out some impressive live scores. He has appeared in three first-class matches for Somerset and three CB40 games, taking a total of 31 wickets.

"It doesn't come as much of a surprise to us. Abdur has been here a number of weeks now and has been performing extraordinarily well," Hurry told BBC Somerset.

"To mark the last day of the season with nine is an incredible individual achievement."

Rehman made his Test debut in 2007 but only really came to prominence earlier this year, when England visited the United Arab Emirates. The slow left-armer took 19 wickets as Pakistann defied the odds betting to win the three-match series 3-0.

Somerset signed Rehman as their overseas player on July 1 but had to wait to see him in action, with visa issues delaying his debut until August 7. He has certainly made up for lost time with some fine performances.
Hurry has hailed Rehman's impact on the Cider Boys, with the coach particularly impressed with the player's attitude.

"One of the most amazing contributions he's made is his character in the changing room," Hurry added.

"He's really gelled the team together and has been a great ambassador for Pakistan cricket."

Rehman will have another opportunity to enhance his reputation as one of the best spinners in world cricket when Pakistan visit South Africa in the New Year.

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