CHESHIRE manager Sandy Scrimgeour has welcomed the arrival of former first-class player Ismail Dawood to the county fold.
The wicket-keeper and right-hand batsman could make his debut against Northumberland in the MCCA Knockout Cup on Sunday, May 6.
And having played for York-shire, Glamorgan, Northants and Worcestershire, no wonder Scrimgeour says Dawood came highly-recommended.
He said: 'Ismail's a very good player and I hope he'll be very successful for us this season.
'Recruiting any player with first-class experience is good. I think we've got a stronger squad than last year, which bodes well so long as we perform to the best of our ability.'
Dawood, who played Minor Counties cricket for Hereford-shire last season, is good mates with Cheshire skipper Andy Hall and has played with the Bramhall captain on many occasions at representative level.
He has recently joined Urmston as a player/coach.
And although he won't keep wicket for either county or club, the 30-year-old is looking to impress with bat, and even the ball if he is given a chance.