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Shaheen Afridi, Imad Wasim signed to play in T20 Blast
Vitality Blast

Shaheen Afridi, Imad Wasim signed to play in T20 Blast

Shaheen Afridi and Imad Wasim have been confirmed to be available for this year's Vitality T20 Blast for Hampshire and Nottinghamshire respectively.

The two players were recently involved in Pakistan's T20I series against England at Old Trafford and would now be joining compatriot Babar Azam in the country's domestic T20 competition.

Imad, 31, already has the experience of playing in the T20 Blast as he turned out for Nottinghamshire in seven games last year.

On the other hand, 20-year-old Shaheen will be making his tournament debut as he links up with his team for their remaining seven group matches and the knockout stages, should Hampshire qualify.

Shaheen bowled well in the final England T20I where he picked up two crucial wickets and cranked up the pace to intimidating levels. His inclusion fills the vacuum created in the Hampshire pace bowling department due to the absence of Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards, both of whom were unable to travel due to Covid-19 restrictions.

"We're delighted that Shaheen can join us for the remainder of the Vitality Blast, the skill he possesses with the white ball in hand will add depth and an extra dimension to our side," said Giles White, Hampshire Director of Cricket.

"Since the confirmation of the 2020 fixtures, we have been working hard to ensure that Shaheen could play some part in our summer and we hope he can make an impact in the seven or so games he has with us," he added.

Imad was named in the Notts' squad for their clash against Lancashire on Wednesday but the game has been abandoned without a ball bowled.

Off-spinner Imad took three wickets across the England T20Is as he often shares the new ball with Shaheen in the powerplay.

“It’s exciting to be able to strengthen an already strong team,” Nottinghamshire's in-form batsman Chris Nash said.

“He’s one of those spinners that’s equally effective in the powerplay and at the death – there aren’t many who are better at that than him.

“He’s a world-class performer who bowls tough overs at great economy rates, and he comes in with some strong showings in the last few weeks for Pakistan under his belt.”