Grafton gets new star
The Grafton Cricket Club have a secret weapon for the upcoming season.
South African allrounder Zahir Abrahim has joined the club after a lengthy first-class career in his homeland.
He represented the Durban-based Dolphins in the South African domestic competition and played for South Africa A.
The fast-medium allrounder says he moved to New Zealand with his family for a change of lifestyle.
“The country itself seems much safer. It’s a brand new start for us.”
And after playing with some of South Africa’s best cricketers over the years, including Sean Pollock, Lance Klusner and Keppler Wessels, he hopes to pass some of that knowledge onto his new team-mates.
“You pick up things they do by talking to them. How they analyse games has definitely helped me a lot in my cricket career,” he says.
“I will definitely use that information to help those players coming through the ranks.”
He’ll play for Grafton in premier twenty20, one-day and two-day competitions, and help coach up-and-coming talent.
But at 36, he says these days he prefers the shorter versions of the game.
Abrahim is still learning about his team-mates but expects a successful season.
“To see them perform well this season is a good challenge.”
Grafton club manager Adrian Smith says Abrahim was always top of their shopping list because he was planning on settling in New Zealand permanently.
“We’re looking long-term and hope to have him for a few seasons.”
He says he hopes his new signing will inspire the rest of the team.
“We’ll be looking for a professional performance from him to drag the other players up.”
The Auckland club cricket season starts on Saturday with the premier twenty20 competition.
Visit www.auckland cricket.co.nz for details.
Star import: Former South African first-class cricket player Zahir Abrahim hopes his experience will rub off on some of his team-mates at the Grafton club this season.