Riazuddin pens new one-year Hampshire deal

Hamza Riazuddin    Picture: Neil Marshall
Hamza Riazuddin Picture: Neil Marshall
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Hamza Riazuddin has signed a new one-year deal which will keep him at the Ageas Bowl until the end of the 2013 season.

The 22-year-old Hampshire all-rounder, who made his debut for the club in 2008, was out of contract at the end of this summer.

Riazuddin said: ‘Hampshire’s my home, it’s where I’ve grown up and I love playing here.

‘It’s hopefully an exciting year coming up next year with some great things happening at the club.’

He added: ‘Having enjoyed two trophy wins last year (Friends Provident t20 Cup and 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40) it’s a good place to be.’

The former England under-19 captain has performed well in limited-overs cricket in recent years, memorably taking 12 wickets in the Caribbean t20 tournament in 2011 (including four for 15 against the Windward Islands in Barbados).

But chances for Riazuddin in first-class cricket have been limited.

Having made his county debut as an 18-year-old against Somerset in May 2008, Riazuddin would not feature in first-team selection plans until the opening match of the 2012 County Championship - division two season against Gloucestershire.

And having waited patiently for his chance, recent performances have suggested the Hampshire youth academy product may yet have a big future for the Royals in four-day cricket.

At the beginning of the 2012 season, Riazuddin took his first Championship five-wicket haul at Glamorgan, a match in which he also hit the winning runs in a dramatic penultimate-ball thriller.

Riazuddin is now hopeful this could be the season he makes a real impression.

He said: ‘Last season gave me a lot of confidence and I’ve had a lot of backing here in terms of development.

‘I’d love to have a long career at Hampshire so, if I can make that work, I’ll do everything I can to do that.’

Hampshire manager Giles White said: ‘Hamza performed when he was called upon last year and 2013 offers him the opportunity to push on and stake a claim for a more regular first team place.’