The Quay sign Mumbai speedster Usman Malvi - 17/04/15

Usman MalviBILL QUAY have captured the signing of former Indian first-class all-rounder Usman Malvi.

Usman Malvi (33) is a right-arm quick who played for the powerhouse Mumbai side for neigh on a decade. He made his first-class debut in 2002/03 and proceeded to play 45 matches for Mumbai before he called time on his professional career in 2010.

During this period, Malvi picked up 80 wickets, including 53 at 30.01 in first-class cricket. He was also a handy lower-order batsman who averaged 16.94 including a career best of 56.

Perhaps his finest moment came in January 2008 when playing for a Mumbai Cricket Association XI against the touring England Lions. The speedster took 7 wickets – 4-41 (15) and 3-34 (14) including the notable scalps of Carberry, Trott and Yardy in both innings.

That said, he’d previously taken several international scalps, in the form of Ashraful against the Bangladeshi’s back in 2001 then Atapattu and the great Sangakkara during a one-day match in 2005 against the Sri Lankan’s during his spell of 2-55 (10) for a President’s XI.

Malvi has also been a stand-out performer during six previous UK stints. He spent three summers in the Devon Premier League for Torquay (1,125 runs at 33.09 and 84 wickets at 22.33) before heading north for the 2010 and 2012 seasons with Stayley (Saddleworth League).

During his opening season, he scored over 1,000 runs and took 70 wickets, then backed up with 850 runs and 62 wickets on his return. Last summer, he continued to impress, this time in the strong Drakes Huddersfield League hitting 383 runs and taking 72 wickets for Kirkburton.

The Indian star is now returning to Northern shores once again in 2015, for what will be his seventh season abroad. He will play for Bill Quay in the Durham Cricket League and, will be hoping to replicate his prior exploits throughout the summer.

Commenting on their new signing, Club Secretary Chris Little stated the follwoing:

“Our intended professional was forced to withdraw at short notice, which meant that we had a very short period of time in which to find a quality replacement. Our preference was for an opening bowler who could bat in our middle order, so Usman fits the bill perfectly.

The lads are all delighted to have a player like Usman on board this year, and we are looking forward to welcoming him to “the Quay”.

We are confident that he will be a great asset to the Club not only on the field, but also his capacity as a top level coach. I’m sure that our junior players in particular will benefit a lot from him experience and know-how.

We need to give a massive credit to Steve Hirst at CricX for getting the deal done for us in such a quick and professional manner. We needed to act quickly, and thanks to Steve’s input, we were able to reach an agreement with Usman on the same day that we made our initial enquiry. We couldn’t have hoped for a better result”. 


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