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Hampshire rule out a move for Pakistan's Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi
Afridi had a disappointing debut as Test captain at Lord's

Hampshire have ruled out a move to sign former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi for the remainder of the Friends Provident t20 campaign.

Afridi was originally due to join the Royals earlier in the season, before opting to lead Pakistan in the Test series against Australia instead.

Having resigned the captaincy after defeat in the first Test, Afridi hinted at a deal with Hampshire.

But manager Giles White told BBC Radio Solent: "Shahid won't be joining us."

After relinquishing the Pakistan captaincy, Afridi had said: "I had to abandon my plans to play for Hampshire this season when Pakistan needed me for the Tests.

"I made my decision to step down and now Hampshire want me for the rest of the t20."

But White says that any possibility of a deal had now been scotched.

"Even if there was a chance of him coming, we wouldn't be able to register him in time for the quarter-final [against Warwickshire] on Monday," he said.

"We've already got Abdul Razzaq and Dan Christian, and they will be trying to help us get through to our first ever finals day."

Hampshire's Rose Bowl ground stages this year's t20 Finals Day on 14 August.



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