Shahid Afridi signs for start of Northants’ T20 campaign

Pakistan cricketing legend Shahid Afridi has signed for Northants for the start of the NatWest T20 Blast competition

Pakistan cricketing legend Shahid Afridi has signed for Northants for the start of the NatWest T20 Blast competition

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Pakistan cricketing legend Shahid Afridi has signed for Northants for the start of the NatWest T20 Blast competition.

The 34-year-old will be available for the first six NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, joining the squad on May 15.

Head coach David Ripley said: “This is a very exciting signing for us.

“Shahid is without doubt the most outstanding spin bowling all-rounder in one day international cricket of the last five years.

“He is a fierce competitor and undoubted match winner with bat and ball.”

A highly experiencedTwenty20 all-rounder, Shahid has featured for Pakistan in 77 T20 internationals, taking 81 wickets at an average of 22.4.

Afridi has an average of 23.49 and a strike-rate of 116.29 in ODIs, and has also taken 391 wickets at 33.89 at an economy-rate of 4.62.

Ripley added: “Afridi brings a wealth of experience to the dressing room with over 230 Twenty20 games as well as captaining his country.”

Afridi said: “I am looking forward to playing in the NatWest T20 Blast.

“I have always enjoyed playing in England, where I have always found the crowds good natured and knowledgeable

“I am very happy to be joining a good Northants squad in the search for Twenty20 success.”

The deal is still subject to clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board.