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County cricket preview 2019: Leicestershire

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

We look at Leicestershire’s prospects for the 2019 county cricket season and wonder whether Mohammad Abbas will aid their promotion aspirations.

Leicestershire County Cricket Club

Captain: Paul Horton
Last season: CC2:6/10; RL50: 8/9 North Group; T20: 8/9 North Group
Transfers in: Will Davis (Derbyshire), Arron Lilley (Lancs), Chris Wright (Warks)
Transfer out: Zak Chappell (Notts), Ben Raine (Durham), Michael Carberry, Cameron Delport, Ned Eckersley, Richard Jones, Mark Pettini, Rob Sayer, Tom Wells (all released)

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Stick on: Mohammad Abbas

Mohammad Abbas has been one of the most prolific bowlers in Test cricket over the last 18 months

Available, in theory at least, for the duration of the Championship and One-Day Cup, the Pakistani metronome could turn Leicestershire into promotion contenders, particularly with three teams going up. Abbas took 50 Championship wickets in 10 matches last season – a full campaign could be carnage.

Wildcard: Will Davis

Davis joins Leicestershire from Derbyshire

Recruited from Derbyshire, the 22-year-old quick has struggled with injury but is a like-for- like replacement for Zak Chappell, who has made the all-too-familiar switch from Grace Road to Trent Bridge.

Prediction

CC2: 5/10; RL50: 9/9 North Group; T20: 9/9 North Group

Strong early-season form raised hopes of promotion last year but they were let down by their batting, with Colin Ackermann the only player to post a Championship hundred. If their batsmen can come to the party, and Chris Wright can fill the void left by Ben Raine, a push for promotion looks more likely than a basement battle. With Abbas on board, anything is possible.

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This county cricket 2019 preview was first published in issue 18 of Wisden Cricket Monthly. Subscribe here.

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