Hampshire have confirmed the signing of powerful Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, who will join forces with compatriot Shahid Afridi for the Friends Provident t20 competition later this year.
Razzaq, who has previously represented Middlesex, Surrey and Worcestershire in county cricket, played during Pakistan's 2009 ICC World Twenty20 success when they beat Sri Lanka in the final at Lord's.
He also captained the Lahore Lions to last year's RBS Twenty-20 Cup final in Pakistan, scoring a century along the way against the Quetta Bears.
“Abdul Razzaq is one of the finest Twenty20 performers in the world," Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove commented.
"He will be a great asset to the side and adds even greater depth to an already impressive team. We have assembled arguably our strongest ever Twenty20 squad with the clear objective of reaching the 2010 Friends Provident t20 Finals Day here at The Rose Bowl on 14th August.
Abdul Razzaq added: “I am looking forward to playing for Hampshire in the Friends Provident t20, I've always enjoyed my cricket in England as it is a home away from home due to the massive following Pakistani players have there, and I will do my utmost to try and help Hampshire win the tournament."
In addition to playing 11 Twenty20 Internationals for his country, Razzaq has played in 233 One-Day Internationals and 46 Tests.
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