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Spin-bowling all-rounder Shaaiq Choudhry, who graduated from Leeds/Bradford MCC University recently, has signed a contract with Worcestershire.
Shaaiq had been on trial at New Road since earlier this season. In his debut first-class match for the Pears he scored an impressive 63 first innings runs against Sussex at Hove.
He came to the crease with Worcestershire 269-6 and left with the score at 412-7 after a partnership of 143 with former Middlesex wicket-keeper Ben Scott.
Shaaiq also took the wicket of another former Middlesex man, Ed Joyce, in Sussex's first innings. The match ended in a draw.
It was clearly enough to impress Worcestershire Director Cricket, Steve Rhodes who said: "We have been looking for a young English left-arm spinner for some time and I am pleased with the progress that Shaaiq has made in recent weeks.
"This contract will give him the confidence to settle in with the Club during the remainder of this season and through the winter."
Shaaiq joins the already impresssive MCC Universities alumnus.
Arguably the most famous MCCU graduate is England captain Andrew Strauss.
Glamorgan’s Jamie Dalrymple, Essex’s Mark Pettini and Will Smith, who captained Durham to the championship in 2009 all attended MCC Universities.
Another current England player, Holly Colvin, is currently studying at Durham MCCU.
Around a fifth of all English-qualified players in the county system attended an MCCU.