Friday 29 July 2011 

Shahid Afridi Set For Royals Return

Shahid Afridi Set For Royals Return
Shahid Afridi Set For Royals Return
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Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is set to feature for Hampshire in their Friends Life t20 quarter-final, the club has confirmed.

Afridi missed the final match of the group stage of the competition following the death of his father but has since expressed his intention to play for the Royals once again.

He is set to return to England next week and train with the squad ahead of the quarter-final clash with Durham at The Rose Bowl on 7th August.

"First of all it is important to say that the club is saddened by Shahid’s loss and everyone’s thoughts are with him at this very difficult time," cricket manager Giles White said.

"With regards his involvement in the quarter-final, it goes without saying that we have given Shahid space to come to his own decision on this and we would, of course, have accepted whatever course of action he had chosen.

"Clearly, it is a huge boost to the team to have a player of such obvious quality back with us and we hope very much that, together with the rest of the squad, Shahid can help propel the Royals to a second successive Finals Day."

Afridi took 14 wickets at an average of 11.5 and hit 100 runs during eight group stage matches for reigning champions Hampshire.

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