Abbey went on to amass an incredible 30,698 competetive runs in his 16 season career including 109 centuries and a club record 148 half centuries. Added to that were 904 dismissals from behind the stumps and its easy to see how Abbey is a club legend.
Abbey remains the clubs leading run scorer in FC with 14,775 and BT20 with 5,617. His highest score was 257* in season 13, part of a 505 run unbroken partnership with Jason Wilberforce.
Nicknamed Chookers, the loveable Englishman was a fans favourite. He could often be heard chirping to the batsmen from behind the stumps and maybe had a hand in a few more wickets than he is creditted for.
He leaves the club in a much better position than he joined it and recouped a fee of £510,000 as he left Whamfield for a new challenge.
His coaching credentials have already been shown as he played a major role in the progression of his replacement behind the stumps Bindusar Favas. When he puts his bat & gloves to rest, a future career in coaching looks to be on the cards.
He may have been replaced successfully behind the stumps, but replacing his runs will be a much tougher task.
Mushtaq Abbey King Whamo Legend!