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Shah joins Hampshire

Former England batsman Owais Shah has joined Hampshire on a match-to-match

basis for the T20 Blast and will make his debut against Sussex at Hove on Friday night.

The 35-year-old retired from four-day cricket at the end of last season and has been playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash in Australia.

Shah spent 14 years with Middlesex before moving to Essex in 2010 as has also played overseas for Cape Cobras, Delhi Daredevils, Dhaka Gladiators, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Wellington.

Shah told the club website: "I was delighted to hear from (director of cricket) 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."

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."