Razzaq to join Afridi, Mendis for Hampshire Hawks

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London, Mar 8(ANI): England's reigning Twenty20 champions Hampshire Hawks have signed Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, who will be joining his national team-mate Shahid Afridi at the Rose Bowl.

Razzaq is an integral part of Pakistan's one-day and Twenty20 squads and is considered especially vital in the Twenty20 team, where his all-round skills make him an important asset to the squad.

Hampshire will be hoping that the 30-year-old and Afridi can provide the big hitting firepower they will need to retain their title, as the Friends Provident Trophy kicks off in June, Cricistan reports.

With the arrival of Razzaq to partner Afridi and Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis, the Hawks have raised the bar to unprecedented heights.

Afridi and Mendis were two of the top wicket takers in the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup and Hampshire will be hoping that the spin twins will choke the life out of the Hawk's opposition.

Razzaq had earlier played at the English county level for Middlesex, Worcestershire and Surrey.

He joined Surrey in June 2008 on a short-term contract to play in the Twenty20 tournament.(ANI)

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