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Shahid Afridi signs for English T20 champs

The atomic all-rounder, captaining his ancillary at the advancing 50-over Apple Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will access at the club in May and is accepted to be accessible for the absolute Friends Provident T20 campaign.

Afridi, 30, had been due to accompany the Hampshire Royals aftermost year but withdrew to resume the captaincy of the Test side, a account on the club’s website said.

‘I was aghast not to accompany Hampshire aftermost season. It would accept been absurd to accept been a allotment of the aggregation that fabricated history by acceptable the T20 bays on home soil,’ Afridi said, according to the statement.

‘Having played at the Rose Bowl for Pakistan aftermost year I apperceive that it is fast acceptable one of the best places in the country to watch candid of all levels. I achievement actual abundant to comedy a big allotment in the club’s success in 2011.’

Afridi, one of the best adverse batsmen in apple cricket, fabricated his one-day admission for Pakistan age-old aloof 16. He denticulate the fastest recorded ODI hundred in his beginning innings, extensive 100 runs off alone 37 balls.

Afridi, who has played 312 one-day internationals and 27 Tests, was called amateur of the clash in the countdown Apple Twenty20 in 2007 and was allotment of the Pakistan ancillary that won the 2009 appellation in England.

‘Shahid is a admirable all-round cricketer and will be a absolute asset to our club over what should be an abundantly agitate summer at the Rose Bowl,’ said Hampshire administrator Giles White.

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