Afridi to play for Hampshire club

Pakistan’s World Cup skipper Shahid Khan Afridi will play for Hampshire Hawks in the 2011 English domestic Twenty20 competition, the county has announced.

The 30-year-old all rounder will join South African spinner Imran Tahir as the club’s overseas players as the Royals look to defend their t20 title which they won in dramatic style against the Somerset Sabres last year.

“Having played at the Rose Bowl for Pakistan, I know it’s becoming one of the best places to watch cricket,” club’s website quoted Afridi, as saying.

Afridi said it would have been fantastic to have been a part of the team which won the Friends Provident t20 at the Rose Bowl. “I hope very much to play a big part in the club’s success in 2011,” he added.

“Shahid is a wonderful all-round cricketer and will be a real asset to our club over what should be an incredibly exciting summer at the Rose Bowl,” Giles White, Hampshire manager said.