Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir is to return to Hampshire as their overseas player for the 2011 season following a year playing for Warwickshire in 2010.
Tahir represented Hampshire in 2008 and 2009, taking almost 100 first-class wickets in those two years with the club before moving to Warwickshire, where he helped them lift the Clydesdale Bank 40 trophy at Lord's.
"I’m obviously very pleased to be returning to Hampshire. It’s was a sensational year with the Bears and I enjoyed my time there, but it was always part of the plan to return to The Rose Bowl for 2011," Tahir said.
“Between us we will have two one-day titles in the dressing room, and hopefully we will continue to be successful. I will put all my effort into taking wickets and pray we all stay fit.”
Along with Tahir's return, Hampshire have confirmed that five other players have signed new contracts with the club.
Danny Briggs, James Vince and Chris Wood have all signed new three-year deals which will keep them at The Rose Bowl until the end of the 2013 season while David Balcombe and James Tomlinson have put pen to paper on new deals that keep them with the club until the end of the 2012 season.
“I am really pleased that this group of players have committed to Hampshire. They are all highly valued members of the squad and have the potential to play a big part in shaping the team’s success over the coming seasons," Manager Giles White said.
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