Champions League T20 2012 August 30, 2012

Hampshire eye Afridi for CLT20

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Hampshire hope to sign Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi for the Champions League Twenty20 even though he did not appear for them during the Friends Life t20.

The rules of the Champions League state that a player must be registered in the qualifying period. The rules do not insist that the player has actually appeared in a game. Afridi was due to appear for Hampshire this season, but was unable to play due to issues in obtaining a visa. The club have confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that he was satisfactorily registered in order to sign him for the Champions League.

When Afridi became unavailable Hampshire signed Glenn Maxwell, the Australian allrounder, who became an instant hit as he scored 179 runs at a strike-rate of 175.49 and claimed seven wickets in nine matches. His success earned him a call-up to the Australia squad for the World Twenty20 and current series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Hampshire and Yorkshire, who were the losing finalists in the FLt20, must go through another qualifying event in South Africa in order to enter the full Champions League. Hampshire have been drawn in a group with New Zealand side, Auckland Aces, and Pakistan side, Sialkot Stallions. Only the team that tops the group will enter the main League. The other two will be eliminated without earning any prize money.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Muttee on September 14, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Satish, maxwell and afridi both are in the squad, so they both will be playing, if they are available and chose themselves.

  • on August 31, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I'm a Pakistan fan, Just tell me how many times Afridi has performed for Pakistan and they have been giving him chances again and again..... and now has played over 300 match without giving performance and now he makes excuses of bowling..... that's now right ..........He never deserve his place in any side of the world including Pakistan team.

  • Akshita29 on August 30, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    @lancsroyal Ecb refused bcci offer to be partner in organizing CLT20 . So england teams must qualify . Only SA, Aus, Ind boards are organizing members of ClT20 .

  • Stark62 on August 30, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    That would be unfair!!

    That's the equivalent of UVA playing Gayle for the CLT20 (if they qualify), even though he did not play a single game.

  • Haleos on August 30, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    @Asif_Iqbal - good morning. The 3 countries own the league. Pakistan can have its team in the finals if they can start their own league.

  • on August 30, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    hahah thats great i loved t see lala against CSK Ho

  • on August 30, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    of course YOU would satish :)

  • Hammond7249 on August 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Does anyone know why English teams must qualify?

  • CricketMaan on August 30, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I'll put money on Sialkot, Id love to see a Sialkot vs CSK

  • Asif_Iqbal on August 30, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    This is redeclous why Indian,Assuies and SA team direct in the final

  • Muttee on September 14, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Satish, maxwell and afridi both are in the squad, so they both will be playing, if they are available and chose themselves.

  • on August 31, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I'm a Pakistan fan, Just tell me how many times Afridi has performed for Pakistan and they have been giving him chances again and again..... and now has played over 300 match without giving performance and now he makes excuses of bowling..... that's now right ..........He never deserve his place in any side of the world including Pakistan team.

  • Akshita29 on August 30, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    @lancsroyal Ecb refused bcci offer to be partner in organizing CLT20 . So england teams must qualify . Only SA, Aus, Ind boards are organizing members of ClT20 .

  • Stark62 on August 30, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    That would be unfair!!

    That's the equivalent of UVA playing Gayle for the CLT20 (if they qualify), even though he did not play a single game.

  • Haleos on August 30, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    @Asif_Iqbal - good morning. The 3 countries own the league. Pakistan can have its team in the finals if they can start their own league.

  • on August 30, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    hahah thats great i loved t see lala against CSK Ho

  • on August 30, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    of course YOU would satish :)

  • Hammond7249 on August 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Does anyone know why English teams must qualify?

  • CricketMaan on August 30, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I'll put money on Sialkot, Id love to see a Sialkot vs CSK

  • Asif_Iqbal on August 30, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    This is redeclous why Indian,Assuies and SA team direct in the final

  • Haleos on August 30, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    When will people stop calling afridi an allrounder. He is an excellent bowler and will be a huge hit in england as county players wont be able to play him but his batting is something about which less said is better. He is past his batting prime. He is consistant alright with his batting. Fails consistently.

  • on August 30, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Good new for Hampshire n World Cricket

  • satish619chandar on August 30, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    So, they are going to leave out Maxwell without any issues on his side? On current form, would rather opt for Maxwell than Afridi.

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  • satish619chandar on August 30, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    So, they are going to leave out Maxwell without any issues on his side? On current form, would rather opt for Maxwell than Afridi.

  • on August 30, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Good new for Hampshire n World Cricket

  • Haleos on August 30, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    When will people stop calling afridi an allrounder. He is an excellent bowler and will be a huge hit in england as county players wont be able to play him but his batting is something about which less said is better. He is past his batting prime. He is consistant alright with his batting. Fails consistently.

  • Asif_Iqbal on August 30, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    This is redeclous why Indian,Assuies and SA team direct in the final

  • CricketMaan on August 30, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I'll put money on Sialkot, Id love to see a Sialkot vs CSK

  • Hammond7249 on August 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Does anyone know why English teams must qualify?

  • on August 30, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    of course YOU would satish :)

  • on August 30, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    hahah thats great i loved t see lala against CSK Ho

  • Haleos on August 30, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    @Asif_Iqbal - good morning. The 3 countries own the league. Pakistan can have its team in the finals if they can start their own league.

  • Stark62 on August 30, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    That would be unfair!!

    That's the equivalent of UVA playing Gayle for the CLT20 (if they qualify), even though he did not play a single game.