WORCESTERSHIRE have secured the services of Pakistan international pace bowler Muhammad Hasnain for the remainder of the 2022 County Championship season.

The 22-year-old has played 26 times for his country and becomes the second Pakistani international in the Worcestershire squad, joining the in-form Azhar Ali at New Road.

County head coach Alex Gidman explained that Azhar played a big role in bringing the youngster to the club.

"Azhar knows him very well and helped us do a bit of research," said Gidman.

"He spoke very, very highly of him as a young man and as a character and his skill set as well. He is going to be exactly what the group needs, some real power and energy.

"The longer the season goes on, the harder it becomes, so to have some fresh impetus when we really need it is going to be good for the guys.

"He bowls very quickly, so a different skill set to what we have and he will hopefully give us a chance of winning more games.

"To have someone of his calibre joining us for the last six games is really exciting."

Hasnain is expected to make his debut on July 11 at Middlesex in the LV=Insurance County Championship clash and will stay in England to play with the Oval Invincibles in The Hundred later this summer.

"I’m really looking forward to my first taste of county cricket.

"I want to help Worcestershire win matches first and foremost, but I also want to play more first class cricket, and this is an ideal opportunity," said Hasnain.

"It will also be part of my cricketing education playing in England on different pitches.

"Azhar has had nothing but good things to say about Worcestershire, and I’m looking forward to joining up, and hopefully, I can make a similar impact to him."

Chairman, Paul Pridgeon, added: "We are going to have a real crack at the Championship. He is not available for the Glamorgan game but the last six Championship games from Middlesex onwards.

"On fairly flat surfaces with Duke balls, he might just help to blast teams out."