Hampshire want to sign Shahid Afridi for the Champions League Twenty20 even though he didn’t appear for them during the Friends Life T20. The rules of the Champions League say that a player must be registered in the qualifying phase. The rules don’t insist that the player has actually appeared in a game.
Afridi was due to appear for Hampshire this year, but was not able to play due to problems in getting a visa. The club have confirmed that he was satisfactorily registered in order to sign him for the Champions League. When Afridi became not available Hampshire signed Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who became an instant hit as he scored 179 runs at a strike-rate of 175.49 and claimed 7 wickets in 9 games. His success received him a call-up to the Australia team for the World T20 and present series against Pakistan in the UAE.
Hampshire and Yorkshire, who were the losing finalists in the Friends LifeT20, must go through another qualifying event in South Africa in order to enter the full Champions League. Hampshire have been drawn in a group with New Zealand team, Auckland Aces, and Pakistan team Sialkot Stallions.