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Zimbabwe pace bowler Blessing Muzarabani has signed a three-year Kolpak deal with Northamptonshire after announcing he would be giving up his international career.
Muzarabani made the decision to bid international cricket adieu as he wanted to “pursue other challenges both personally and professionally”.
Furthermore, with Zimbabwe Cricket in dire straits financially, Muzarabani now has some stability in his career.
“I’ve come here to chase my dreams,” Muzarabani, who does have the option of ending his deal and returning to play for Zimbabwe, was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I want to perform and achieve. I just can’t wait to get started.”
Northamptonshire’s head coach David Ripley added: “We’ve been talking to Blessing for quite some time and were impressed by the way he plays. He’s got a lot to learn and he knows it, but we’re looking forward to helping him achieve his potential at the County Ground over the next few years.”
Muzarabani made his international debut in the one Test match he played, which was against South Africa in December last year, and went wicketless in the game.
He also featured in 18 ODIs and six Twenty20 Internationals, where he claimed 18 and nine wickets at an average of 40.72 and 24.44 respectively.