Hampshire rope in Rahane as Markram replacement
India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has teamed up with Hampshire as he will spice it up in the County Championship matches throughout May, June and July, the county confirmed the news.
The 30-year-old cricketer has penned a new deal to become the Club’s overseas player. Interestingly, he is the first player ever from India to represent Hampshire. He will be looking forward to playing eight Specsavers County Championship fixtures throughout May, June and the start of July, subject to visa clearance.
Rahane has been roped in by the franchise to replace South Africa batsman Aiden Markram, who will end his contract with Hampshire at the end of the Royal London One-Day Cup group-stage.
Markram has been named in South Africa’s squad for ICC Cricket World Cup and so he will be busy with national duties very soon as he will join up with his national side ahead of this summer’s showpiece event.
Rahane, who has pretty good experience in Test circuit has garnered 3,488 runs in 56 Tests at a great average of 40.55, said. Rahane also expressed his excitement to play for the club. “I am excited to be the first Indian to play for Hampshire, a county which has a glowing reputation,” he added.
Rahane thanks BCCI
He also thanked India’s governing body BCCI for letting him play there. “I hope to score runs and win as a team and would like to thank BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) for allowing me to play.”
The prolific batsman is expected to make his Hampshire debut against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, which starts on April 14.
Hampshire director of cricket Giles White had some few words in store for Rahane. “We’re delighted to attract a player of Ajinkya’s class, we were obviously in the market for a top-order batsman.
“Ajinkya showed an interest early on and the way things have played out it’s a great opportunity to get him over – we’re really excited to have him with us,” he added.