Shah in T20 action (©GettyImages)
Shah in T20 action (©GettyImages).

Hampshire sign Owais Shah

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Hampshire Cricket Club have strengthened their squad for the NatWest T20 Blast Season with the signing of experienced batsman Owais Shah, according to BBC Sport.

The 35-year-old, who made his debut for the Second XI in a twenty20 double-header against Surrey yesterday, has initially signed on a match-to-match contract.

Shah, who has six test match appearances for England said: “I was delighted to hear from Giles White when he approached me about joining the Club and I’m very happy to be here. I’d like to think I can offer some experience to the team and get some runs along the way.”

“I know they’ve got a very good formula here at Hampshire, but I just want to fit into the team, find out my role and then play to the best of my ability. As long as the team functions well and we all work hard for each other, the results will look after themselves.”

The arrival of Shah increases Hampshire’s batting options with Michael Carberry’s England call-up and injuries to Sean Terry and Liam Dawson which had left the club a little light on experience.

Hampshire Director of Cricket, Giles White said: “We are missing a few of players at the moment so we have brought in Owais, who is a player with a lot of experience and a lot of quality. He’s someone we had spoken to during the winter and with Neil McKenzie not coming back this year he’s certainly been on our radar.

“It’s another opportunity for Owais to prove what a good player he is in this format. He’ll play plenty of cricket this week for the Second XI which will enable him to get some runs under his belt ahead of Friday.”

The former Essex and Middlesex batsman boasts almost 200 appearances in the twenty20 format of the game and has recently featured with former Hampshire T20 captain Dimi Mascarenhas for the Hobart Hurricanes in the 2013/14 Australian Big Bash.

The right-hander will be available for selection in Hampshire’s next Natwest T20 Blast fixture against Sussex at Hove this Friday (23 May).

Tickets for all six of Hampshire’s home NatWest T20 Blast matches can be purchased via The Ageas Bowl online ticketing website. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets by visiting The Ageas Bowl’s Ticketing and Membership office during normal working hours (9-5).

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