Katich back as Pothas leaves Hampshire

Australian Simon Katich will return to the Rose Bowl next season

Australian Simon Katich will return to the Rose Bowl next season

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SIMON KATICH will rejoin Hampshire for the 2012 season.

But club stalwart Nic Pothas has been released.

Australian left-hander Katich has signed a one-year deal to play as Hampshire’s overseas player next year, meaning a return to the county he played for from 2003-2005.

Katich said: ‘I’m really looking forward to going back to The Rose Bowl as I have many good friends and memories from my previous time at the club over a number of seasons from 2003-2005.

‘Hampshire have been great to my family and I during my career and I am looking forward to helping the club continue to have success.’

In his first spell with the club, Katich played 24 first-class matches, scoring nearly 2,000 runs at an average of more than 50. That included five centuries and a high-score of 143 not out.

Katich is also an Australia international who has played more than 100 matches across all formats for his country, scoring more than 5,500 runs.

However, having not had his central contract renewed, he is expected to be available all season.

But wicketkeeper-batsman Pothas has not had his contract renewed, bringing an end to his nine-year stay at the Rose Bowl.

He said: ‘Although I have no intention of retiring from cricket and am sad to be leaving Hampshire, when the time is right I’m sure I will continue to explore other options within cricket.

‘I still have a number of events left for my benefit year with the club and hopefully I will enjoy the continued support of our loyal fans.

‘I would like to thank all the fans and supporters who I’ve had the privilege to meet and entertain over the last nine years. Their support has been both generous and invaluable and for that I am eternally grateful.’

Meanwhile, Hampshire have also announced that Jimmy Adams will be their captain next season, while Kolpak signings Johann Myburgh and Friedel de Wet have also been released.

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