County Championship: Rahane signs up for Hampshire

Ajinkya Rahane will replace South African Aiden Markram, who will join the national team for the World Cup.

Ajinkya Rahane will become the first Indian to represent Hampshire county.   -  AFP

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane has signed up with English county side Hampshire, becoming the first-ever Indian cricketer to represent Hampshire.

He will feature in eight Specsavers County Championship fixtures throughout May, June and start of July, subject to visa clearance. The Mumbai-based cricketer will replace South African Aiden Markram, who will join the national team for the World Cup.

“I am excited to be the first Indian to play for Hampshire, a county which has a glowing reputation. I hope to score runs and win as a team. I would like to thank the BCCI for allowing me to play,” Rahane said.

“Ajinkya showed an interest early in on and the way things have played out, it’s a great opportunity to get him over. We are really excited to have him with us,” Giles White, Director of Cricket at Hampshire, said.