Shifnal re-sign prolific Pakistani Ayub - 09/10/14

Mohammad Ayub SHIFNAL are delighted to announce the re-signing of prolific Pakistani professional Mohammad Ayub for the 2015 season.

This year, the 35-year-old was without doubt, the stand-out all-rounder in the Birmingham League, finishing second on the wicket charts with 36 poles at 17.16 and third on run aggregates hitting 858 at 50.47.

Despite Ayub's performances, Shifnal suffered relegation to division two which fuelled the Pakistani domestic legend's motivation to return in 2015.

Ayub has been one of the most prolific players home and abroad for more than a decade. Over 120 first-class matches, he has scored 7,239 runs at 41.13 and 1,822 runs at 32.53 in 76 List-A outings.

His exploits over a four year period, dating back to the 2008/09 season where he amassed 4,396 runs at 51.12 including 21 centuries was finally rewarded with a Test debut against Sri Lanka in June 2012, aged 32. Despite two scores in the 20s, this proved to be his only international outing for Pakistan and Ayub returned to the domestic arena.

He boasts one of the best records in league cricket over 8 previous seasons. He spent two seasons (2004-05) in the Ribblesdale League for Earby racking up 2,025 runs at 57.86 alongside 85 wickets at 18.55 with his off-spin. He then spent five prolific seasons (2008-12) in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League for Oakamoor hitting 3,911 runs at 63.08 and taking 188 wickets at 13.64.

During his 8 years in the league cricket, Ayub has churned out 18 hundreds, scored over 1,000 runs twice and has not averaged below 50 in a single season (his best was in his final season before national selection scoring 657 runs at 73). With the ball, he boasts 17 five wicket hauls, a best of 7-18 in 2009 which included 42 wickets at 8.88.

Ayub, who is now based indefinitely in the UK (near Oxford) has been, without doubt, one of the leading professionals on the league circuit over the past decade and he has committed his immediate future to Shifnal, in their search to avenge their Division 1 relegation from 2014.


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