Faiz Fazal set for Lisburn return

Indian international Faiz Fazal will be back as overseas professional at Lisburn for the 2021 season.

Fazal, who scored 55* in his sole ODI appearance against Zimbabwe in June 2016, has committed to another season in the NCU Premier League after impressing in 2019.

The 35-year-old played for a newly-promoted Lisburn during the 2019 campaign where he hit 608 runs in 12 innings at an average of 55.27, which included a high score of 139 against Bready in the Irish Senior Cup.

He also made an impact with the ball, collecting 14 wickets as he helped the Wallace Park side pick up three victories from their opening six league fixtures.

Fazal departed Northern Ireland early after he was called back to India for domestic cricket and, as any team would without their overseas professional, Lisburn struggled for the remainder of the campaign and narrowly avoided relegation back to Section One.

Having played in 125 First Class matches in which he has batted 214 times, Fazal brings a wealth of experience to Lisburn and has scored 8404 runs, which remarkably includes 21 centuries and 37 fifties, at an average of 41.39.

He also brings leadership qualities due to his position as captain of home side Vidarbha, scoring 151 in the final game before lockdown.

It has also been confirmed that Irish international Boyd Rankin and Northern Knights bowler Josh Manley, who both signed ahead of the shortened 2020 campaign, will return to Lisburn next season.

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