Hampshire's Zimbabwean all-rounder Sean Ervine has decided against returning to play for his country and will instead continue to represent Hampshire.
Ervine had been named in Zimbabwe's 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup in Asia, but has now changed his mind and will remain at Hampshire as a non-overseas player.
Zimbabwe Cricket have named 25-year-old all-rounder Tinotenda Mawoyo as Ervine's replacement in their squad.
“After having had time to reflect on all of the circumstances, I have realised that this is not the right time to leave Hampshire," he said.
“I have a great relationship with this Club and it's supporters and I feel like part of a family. I feel Hampshire is my home; so much so that I am planning to get married there next year. I do not, therefore, want to be away for long periods of time."
Hampshire manager Giles White added: “We are very happy that Sean has come to this conclusion. He is an important and highly-valued cricketer who is popular with everyone associated with The Rose Bowl and central to our plans for the future.”
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