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Shahid Afridi returns for third spell with English county side Hampshire

Shahid Afridi will join Hamshire for a third spell after he signed a contract with the county side to play in the English Twenty20 Blast.

cricket Updated: May 20, 2017 23:21 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
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Shahid Afridi had previous stints with Hampshire in 2011 and 2016. (Getty Images)

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is all set to return for a third spell with Hampshire after signing to take part in this season’s English Twenty20 Blast, the south coast club announced on Thursday.

Nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’ for his aggressive big-hitting, the 37-year-old is also a highly effective leg-spinner in cricket’s shortest format, with 97 wickets in 98 matches a Twenty20 international record.

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Afridi had previous stints with Hampshire in 2011 and 2016 and the club’s director of cricket Giles White said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Shahid back to the club for the coming T20 Blast campaign.

“He’s been an important part of our success in the short form of the game in previous seasons and we feel his talents fit well with the current squad.”

First Published: May 20, 2017 17:13 IST