Fazal set for Lisburn return

One of the standout stars of the 2019 season will be back in the Northern Cricket Union next year after Lisburn announced the return of Faiz Fazal as their overseas professional.

In his debut campaign for the Wallace Park outfit, Fazal struck 608 runs in 12 innings at an average of 55.27 which also included two centuries and three fifties.

Fazal, who scored 55* in his sole appearance for India in 2016, scored 108 in a vital Premier League victory over Muckamore before a sensational Irish Senior Cup knock of 139 from 124 deliveries in a defeat to Bready.

The 34-year-old also picked up 14 wickets at an average of 32.29 with best figures of 3-26 coming against Instonians.

Fazal arrived in Northern Ireland with a huge reputation but his impact was also felt off the pitch, and captain Adam Berry is ‘delighted’ to have him back.

“Naturally, I’m delighted to have Faiz back,” he said.

“He’s a quality player which he demonstrated last season and an even better guy. Faiz brings a great sense of professionalism to the team and he’s someone we can all look up to and learn from.

“I have no doubt Faiz will make another positive impact at the club through his coaching and performances on the field.

“Everyone at Lisburn is looking forward to welcoming him and his family back next summer.”

Fazal has a batting average of 41.29 in First Class cricket, scoring 7888 runs in 202 innings.