Pakistan international star Shahid Afridi will return to Hampshire for the forthcoming NatWest T20 Blast season, the club confirmed on Thursday (May 18).
Hampshire’s director Giles White was very keen to have Afridi in their hut and said he the former Pakistan captain has been an important part of his side’s success in the shorter format.
“He’s been an important part of our success in the short form of the game in previous seasons and we feel his talents fit well with the current squad,” Giles White said according to ESPNCricinfo.
“He’s come off the back of a very good Pakistani Super League, certainly with the bat, which bodes well. Obviously with the ball he’s shown his quality over the years and hopefully he remains the high-quality all-rounder that we expect.”
Previously, the former Pakistan captain had a mediocre season for the county in 2016, where he could only pick 9 wickets in 12 games, but was also part of the side that reached the final in 2011.
Afridi’s most recent competitive cricket experience was Peshawar Zalmi’s play-off match against Karachi Kings in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Afridi scored 177 runs in 10 games for his franchise at a blazing rate of 173.52, before picking up a finger injury that ruled him out of the final in Lahore.