County news May 18, 2017

Afridi returns to Hampshire for T20 Blast

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Shahid Afridi will return to Hampshire for the NatWest T20 Blast.

He was part of the side that endured a poor 2016 campaign when they finished second-bottom of the South Group and his return with the ball was an underwhelming nine wickets in 12 matches although he was the most economical bowler.

"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," Giles White, Hampshire's director of cricket said.

Afridi's most recent cricket was the PSL which ended in early March. He scored 177 runs in eight innings at a strike-rate of 173.52 but only managed two wickets before missing the final in Lahore with a finger injury.

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  • DataQue on May 21, 2017, 15:45 GMT

    This is awesome news! Afridi has been a vital player for Hampshire and including him for this season is a great decision!! Afridi is a crowd puller and he changes the game single-handedly... Looking forward to Afridi in action!!! Thanks Hampshire!

  • cribage on May 19, 2017, 10:09 GMT

    Having seen the reactions on Twitter, not many people are happy with this and I'm glad to see it. Principally people seem concerned about the opportunities for Mason Crane, as well as the general restriction there will be to choosing younger homegrown players. And I agree with all of it. Not interested in Afridi at all. Maybe once, but not now.

  • guardybloke on May 19, 2017, 7:34 GMT

    Yet again Hampshire willing to pay the big bucks for little return from an old "has been" whilst at the same time taking away game time from one of our promising youngsters.

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