||ISM's Wasim Akram signs for Hampshire
Pakistan legend Wasim Akram, ISM's latest cricket client, has signed
a one-year deal to play for Hampshire next season.
The 36-year-old veteran of 104 Tests and 356 one-day internationals
met Hampshire county officials in London on Wednesday and immediately
agreed to replace Aussie spinner Shane Warne, banned for a year
prior to the World Cup for taking a banned diuretic.
| "This is the kind
of challenge I needed at this time of my career," said Wasim,
the first player to pass the 500-wicket mark in limited overs internationals.
"I was impressed by the enthusiasm and ideas shown by Hampshire
and I am delighted to be joining such a progressive county.
"This is the start of a new chapter in my career and I intend
to make it a successful one. Hampshire are looking to be promoted
in both competitions this year and it is my aim to help them to
Hampshire still have to decide who will lead the county this season
although Will Kendall, Shaun Udal and Wasim's former Lancashire
colleague John Crawley are all in the frame.
ISM's director of cricket Neil Fairbrother, who also played for
many seasons alongside Wasim for the red rose county, believes the
all-rounder will be an instant hit with his new colleagues.
"Wasim is one of the best ever and still has a lot to offer,"
said Fairbrother. "With Wasim on board, Hampshire can really
fly this summer".
by Martin Hardy on behalf of ISM