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Headingley will surely always hold a special place in Kabir Ali’s heart.
Yorkshire’s new assistant coach, the former fast bowler, played his only Test at his new home – against South Africa in 2003 – while he also played the first of his 14 ODI appearances for England at Leeds against Zimbabwe during the same summer.
Ali ended a 15-year first-class career in 2014 having taken exactly 500 wickets, starting out at Worcestershire and finishing with Lancashire. He sandwiched a successful spell at Hampshire in between.
A highly skilful bowler who also excelled with the white ball, he claimed 261 List A wickets and 82 in T20 cricket.
The 41-year-old from a cricket mad Birmingham family has since been working in a variety of bowling consultancy roles around the world, including with Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Indian Premier League.
He has also been working with Warwickshire recently and is the co-founder and director of cricket at the South Asian Cricket Academy, where his cousin Moeen Ali is president.
Ali claimed five wickets on Test debut against the South Africans, a game which the tourists won.
Injury interrupted and ultimately curtailed his playing career, but not before he helped Hampshire win the limited overs double in 2012.
The South Coast county won the Clydesdale Bank 40 and the Friends Life t20, though he did not play against Yorkshire in the final of the latter.