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Sussex swoop for Sami

Pakistan paceman replaces Mushtaq

Sami: short-term deal with Sussex

Sussex have signed Mohammad Sami as their overseas player for the rest of the season.

"Mohammad's arrival comes just in time for an intense finish to the domestic season."

Gus Mackay

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The Pakistan fast bowler, 27, replaces compatriot Mushtaq Ahmed, who has been forced to retire due to a knee injury.

Sami has previously played county cricket for Kent and will arrive in time for the LV County Championship Division One match against Yorkshire at Scarborough, which starts on September 3.

"Mushtaq helped massively with the signing of Mohammad - spending 10 days, almost non-stop, on the phone making sure that everything went smoothly," said Sussex's professional cricket manager Mark Robinson on Sunday.

"We had originally hoped that Mohammad would be here in time for last week's match with Nottinghamshire.

"However, his arrival late last night will give everybody a boost for what is increasingly looking like an extremely important game at Scarborough on Wednesday."

Sussex chief executive Gus Mackay is hoping Sami - who has played 33 Tests and 83 ODIs - can help his new employers make a late push for honours in defence of their title, and keep them in contention at the top of NatWest Pro40 Division One.

"Mohammad's arrival comes just in time for an intense finish to the domestic season," said Mackay.

"It will be an exciting month and his experience and ability should prove vital in our search for more silverware."