Shafayat pens Hampshire deal

Bilal Shafayat has signed a one-year deal with Hampshire   Picture: Neil Marshall
Bilal Shafayat has signed a one-year deal with Hampshire Picture: Neil Marshall
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Bilal Shafayat has signed a one-year contract with Hampshire.

The 27-year-old former Nottinghamshire batsman was originally registered on a short-term deal at the beginning of May when senior players Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry were unavailable for selection.

Shafayat scored 93 on debut when drafted into the senior team for the recent rain-affected County Championship match against Derbyshire at The Ageas Bowl.

He has also been included in senior squads to face Yorkshire at Headingley and Glamorgan at The Ageas Bowl since the Leicestershire match but has not featured in the starting XI.

Shafayat said: ‘I’ve been in the training sessions, been involved with the seconds and travelled with the squad on a couple of occasions and I had a good feeling about Hampshire.

‘The people in charge have shown some backing in me and support for me once again which, at this stage in my career, is very important.

‘I’ve been offered a year contract and I’m gladly signing it.’