Sohail Tanvir wins Surrey contract

KARACHI: Pakistan''s discarded paceman Sohail Tanvir said Friday he was honoured to win a one-year contract with English county side Surrey, saying it could help him win back his place in the national team.

The 25-year-old left-arm paceman, omitted from Pakistan''s five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka starting next week, said he would try to benefit from the opportunity.

"I am very honoured and excited at getting a one-year deal with a renowned county like Surrey," Tanvir said. "I hope a stint with Surrey will help me get fitter and regain my form, and with it I get my Pakistan place back."

Tanvir has been off form since he was the leading wicket-taker for Rajhastan Royals in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League last year.

He was dropped from the Pakistan team after the first one-day international against Sri Lanka this year before being recalled for the limited over series against Australia in April-May, where he again failed to impress.

He was part of Pakistan''s triumphant World Twenty20 squad but was again ineffective in the matches he played.

Sohail Tanvir signed the contract with Surrey for about 75,000 pounds. Besides, he will be provided a four-wheel vehicle and a flat in Chelsea for residence.

He has already obtained permission from the PCB for playing in the English County season.

Sohail will play his first match on Sunday if he gets work permit in England.