Afridi agrees to Hampshire return

19 May 2017 04:40:24 EST

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has re-joined Hampshire for this summer's NatWest T20 Blast.

The 37-year-old, who led his country to the World Twenty20 title in England in 2009, will be available for the entire tournament, which starts on July 7.

Hampshire also have another ex-Twenty20 international captain, Australian George Bailey, as their other overseas player while Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards, their Kolpak trio, add further global experience.

Afridi's first spell at Hampshire came back in 2011 and he returned to the club last year. His 28 wickets with the ball across both stints came at an excellent average of 18.32 while he remains one of the most devastating late hitters around with bat in hand.

He also struck a stunning 80 from just 42 balls in the 2011 semi-final against Somerset at Edgbaston.

Two years ago, he was part of the Northamptonshire Steelbacks team that finished as runners-up to Lancashire.

"We're thrilled to welcome Shahid back to the club for the coming T20 Blast campaign," said Hampshire director of cricket Giles White.

"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."

Hampshire are 11/4 to win the T20 Blast, with Surrey priced at 1212/1 and Yorkshire 1212/1.

View all Cricket betting