Pakistani all-rounder, Abdul Razzaq has arrived at The Rose Bowl and could be set for his debut when the Hampshire Royals open their Friends Provident t20 campaign against Kent on Thursday (3rd June).
The Pakistan international, and former Middlesex, Surrey and Worcestershire player will be hoping to contribute after he was signed for Hampshire entire campaign.
Razzaq said: “I’m very excited to be here. Having played in England in previous seasons, I’ve met a lot of the players before. I know Kabir Ali, Rangana Herath, Dominic Cork and others so I’m aware of the club’s good reputation.
“I’ve just met the rest of the squad and they all seem friendly. It’s clear from talking to them that the mood in the team is good and everybody’s optimistic. I’m aware that Hampshire are seen as one of the favourites to win the competition but in Twenty20 one player can change a game, so I don’t think anybody is the favourite. We’re all as strong as each other.”
Hampshire Manager, Giles White added: “We’re very pleased that Abdul is here and is ready to play tomorrow. We know all about how good he can be with his bowling, his batting and fielding, so he’ll be an excellent addition to the team.
“We’re just looking forward to our match against Kent Spitfires tomorrow and let’s hope Adbul can make an immediate impression by helping us win the match.”
Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas could make his first appearance of the season against Kent after recovering from the Achilles injury he picked up in the Indian Premier League.
Kabir Ali will miss out due to a knee injury.
Hampshire (from): Jimmy Adams, Abdul Razzaq, Michael Lumb, Sean Ervine, Nic Pothas, Dominic Cork, James Vince, Michael Carberry, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Danny Briggs, Chris Benham, Chris Wood, Neil McKenzie, Rangana Herath
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