Spinner back for the Lions

Aamir Raza is returning to Taylors Lakes. (Mark Wilson)

Tara Murray

Taylors Lakes has received a boost ahead of the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association season.

The club announced that Aamir Raza would be returning for the 2022-23 season.

Raza played for the Lions in the 2019-20 season and had signed to return for the 20-21 season before COVID-19 hit and international players were halted from coming out to play.

In his one season at the Lions, he averaged 34 with the bat across all formats and took nine wickets.

Raza returns to the blue and gold for the first time since the pandemic with the added responsibility of development-specialised assistant coach, playing an important role in our coaching panel structure, and reporting directly to senior coach Alex [Deuchar],” club vice-president Paul Wolfe said in a social media post.

Since he was last in Australia he has played at Minster, Southall Park and Malden Wanderers cricket clubs, in the Kent and Surrey cricket leagues respectively.

“We are expecting big things from Raza both on field and from coaching perspective, as he has also recently achieved his England Cricket Board (ECB) level 2 coaching qualification.

“Raza will arrive in Melbourne in late September so he will be available from round one.”

The Lions finished 15th in 202-21 winning three games, after not winning any the season before.