Tahir back at the Rose Bowl
Imran Tahir will return to Hampshire next season following his year-long loan at Warwickshire.
The leg-spinner spent the 2010 season at Edgbaston, where he was a huge part of the Bears’ Clydesdale Bank 40-winning team.
Tahir signed for Hampshire in 2008, taking nearly 100 first-class wickets in his first two seasons.
He said: “I’m obviously very pleased to be returning to Hampshire. It’s was a sensational year with the Bears and I enjoyed my time there, but it was always part of the plan to return to the Rose Bowl for 2011.
“Between us we will have two one-day titles in the dressing room, and hopefully we will continue to be successful. I will put all my effort into taking wickets and pray we all stay fit.”
Meanwhile, Hampshire have handed new contracts to five players including rising stars Danny Briggs, James Vince and Chris Wood.
All three youngsters played a significant role in the Royals’ Friends Provident t20 success last season and have been rewarded with three-year deals, which will see them remain at the Rose Bowl until 2013.
Also joining them are bowlers David Balcombe and James Tomlinson, who have agreed to stay at Hampshire until 2012. The duo were instrumental in Hampshire’s LV= County Championship campaign last season.
Hampshire manager Giles White said: “I am really pleased that this group of players have committed to Hampshire.
“They are all highly valued members of the squad and have the potential to play a big part in shaping the team’s success over the coming seasons.”