Muckamore have been forced into a late change for their overseas professional.

A cruciate ligament injury sustained by original choice Shoaib Khan has meant the club has opted for another Pakistan player, all-rounder Fahad Iqbal, who played for Instonians in 2015.

Their recruit is a brother of former international and Strabane player Faisal Iqbal.

Fahad is a top order right-hander and also bowls off-spin.

He has played for Pakistan A and their U19 side, and has scored eight  centuries in 220 matches, including a top score of 200.

The 32 year-old has UK experience, playing in the Kent League for Bickley Park where he averaged 103.14, scoring four hundreds in a five-match run, as well as capturing 26 wickets at 14.96.

He wasn't as prolific in the Devon Premier League but managed 428 runs at 33.20 and took 19 wickets at 20.57.

The Pakistani will be familiar to NCU watches after a stint with Instonians at Shaw's Bridge where a decent campaign saw him score 370 at 33.64 and take 25 wickets at 20.88.

Muckamore open their campaign on Saturday April 28 with a home match against newly promoted Armagh before another home clash against CSNI the following week.