Friday, January 16, 2009

Ali signs new deal

Kadeer Ali has committed his future to Gloucestershire by signing a new three-year deal.

The 25-year-old joined the shire in 2005 and has enjoyed success with the county. He cited the club in his reasons for penning a new contract: "I am delighted that I am going to be here for the next three years. The Club has been really good to me during the time I have been here."

Ali made three first-class centuries for the Glos last season, including his career-best 161 against Northamptonshire at Bristol.

The Bracewell-factor - undoubtly the reason for member-numbers being up on 12 months ago - was key for Ali too: "I am really looking forward to the 2009 season; especially working with John Bracewell, who I hope, with his experience, will help my game."

GCCC assistant coach, Stuart Barnes, described Ali has a 'hard worker' who now forms part of the experienced group of players looking to take the club forward: "I'm really pleased Kadeer has agreed terms with us for the next three years. He is determined to keep improving his game and give himself every opportunity of getting better and better."

Kadeer has found himself opening the batting for the shire, last year alongside a host of other players, and hopefully the competition for places will continue, with Will Porterfield also looking to stake a claim for inclusion, after some useful performances in the top order in 2008.

Interview by GCCC: www.gloscricket.co.uk

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