Mahmood makes Essex move

  • Last Updated: November 20 2012, 16:16 GMT

Essex have signed former England pace bowler Sajid Mahmood on a two-year deal.

Sajid Mahmood: Heading south to join Essex

The 30-year-old was released by Lancashire last season after 10 years, taking 323 first-class wickets and earning international recognition.

Mahmood played in 26 one-day internationals for England between 2004 and 2009 - including the 2007 World Cup - as well as four Twenty20 Internationals.

He said: "I am delighted to be joining Essex. Playing at Lancashire was a great experience for me and I thank them for all they did for my cricket.

"I see this move as a new beginning and can't wait to get started. Paul Grayson has been brilliant throughout the recruitment process and I appreciate the faith he's shown in me."

Grayson added: "I'm really pleased Saj has joined the club.

"I like cricketers who feel that they have point to prove to people and he has lots of ability, he's experienced and he's a fit guy who can bowl with good pace as well so we feel Saj will be a real addition to the squad."

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