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Afridi returns to Hampshire for T20 Blast

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ARCHIVE - Afridi blitzes Kent (1:02)

Hampshire batsman Shahid Afridi smashed his way through the Kent bowling attack with a 20-ball 35 runs that lit up the the 2016 NatWest t20 Blast (1:02)

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.