Former England batsman Owais Shah has joined Hampshire for the NatWest T20 Blast on a game-by-game contract.
The 35-year-old, who made 94 international appearances across all formats, left Essex after last season and today played for Hampshire’s second XI in a Twenty20 double-header with Surrey.
Shah, who has featured in the Indian Premier League and represented Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Big Bash League over the winter, will be available for Friday’s clash with Sussex Sharks at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.
He will bolster Hampshire’s batting options that have been lightened by Michael Carberry’s England call-up and injuries to Liam Dawson and Sean Terry.
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.”
Shah, who has 198 T20 appearances to his name, 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.”