Pothas is of South African origin and plays for Gauteng in the country's domestic competitions, but holds a Greek passport and is not considered an overseas player at the Rose Bowl.
He joined Hampshire in 2002 as a wicketkeeper-batsman and has consistently scored runs as well as being one of the finest glovemen on the county circuit.
Pothas played three one-day internationals for South Africa in Singapore in 2000, before being overlooked for Mark Boucher.
He enjoyed a hugely successful 2005 season at Hampshire, helping the county lift the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy following an 18-run win over Warwickshire at Lord's.
Pothas has averaged over 50 in the Championship every year since 2005, and captained the side at the beginning of 2009 when Dimitri Mascarenhas was playing in the IPL.
His determined nature shone through when he continued batting in the Friends Provident Trophy final despite a groin strain and Pothas was at the crease when Chris Benham hit the winning runs.