Hampshire have announced the signing of Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi to play in the 2010 Friends Provident Twenty20 competition alongside Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis.
Afridi, who is currently captain of Pakistan's Twenty20 side, starred in his country's ICC World Twenty20 success in England last year and has also been signed to play Twenty20 cricket for South Australia and the Nashua Dolphins while he is up for auction ahead of the third season of the Indian Premier League.
“This is exciting news for Hampshire Cricket and is further evidence of our aspiration to be the best team in all forms of the game as well as providing the best facilities for our members and spectators off the field," Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove told the club's official website (www.rosebowlplc.com).
"The Friends Provident T20 is the shop window for domestic cricket in this country and we want to have the most attractive and successful store in the High Street, ‘Boom Boom’ will certainly help us to do that and everyone at the Club is looking forward to welcoming him here in June.
1st XI Team Manager Giles White added: “I am delighted that Shahid has signed to play for us in the Friends Provident T20, he is renowned as one of the best Twenty20 players in the world and is a match winner with both bat and ball. It is an exciting prospect for the club and its supporters to have two such exciting players involved in this year’s competition.”
Afridi said: “I am looking forward to playing for Hampshire and looking forward to a successful Twenty20 campaign.”
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