FORMER Pakistan captain Azhar Ali will be returning to Somerset County Cricket Club in 2019.
The 33-year-old will be available for both the Specsavers County Championship and the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Ali made a big impression both for Somerset in 2018 and scored more than 400 runs in seven County Championship matches with a best of 125.
Meanwhile, Somerset will begin our quest for the First Division crown with a home fixture against newly-promoted Kent on Friday, April 5 at the County Ground.
This will be followed by a trip to Trent Bridge to take on Nottinghamshire.
Champions Surrey will visit Taunton in May while Somerset we finish their fixtures with a home clash against Essex in September.
SOMERSET’S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCHES
Friday, April 5 – Somerset v Kent
Thursday, April 11 – Nottinghamshire v Somerset
Tuesday, May 14 – Somerset v Surrey
Monday, May 20 – Somerset v Warwickshire
Monday, June 3 – Surrey v Somerset
Monday, June 10 – Kent v Somerset
Monday, June 24 – Essex v Somerset
Sunday, June 30 – Somerset v Hampshire
Sunday, July 7 – Somerset v Nottinghamshire
Saturday, July 13 – Yorkshire v Somerset
Sunday, August 18 – Warwickshire v Somerset
Tuesday, September 10 – Somerset v Yorkshire
Monday, September 16 – Hampshire v Somerset
Monday, September 23 – Somerset v Essex