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Benny Howell to rejoin Hampshire on three-year contract

Benny Howell has agreed a return to Hampshire, after turning down a proposal to stay with Gloucestershire. Howell, 33, has signed a three-year white-ball cope with the county the place he initially got here via earlier than leaving in the hunt for additional alternatives a decade in the past.

The allrounder, who final month gained his first England Lions cap, has developed a popularity on the worldwide T20 stage for his “quick spinner” variations, enjoying within the Bangladesh Premier League, Huge Bash League, Pakistan Tremendous League and being signed on this yr’s IPL public sale.

Howell helped Gloucestershire carry the 2015 Royal London Cup and attain T20 Finals Day in 2020. He took greater than 300 wickets throughout the three codecs throughout 11 seasons in Bristol – together with 142 in T20, with an economic system of seven.17.

His short-form abilities noticed him play a key position in Birmingham Phoenix attending to the ultimate of the inaugural version of the Hundred, and his arrival will strengthen the hand of Blast champions Hampshire forward of their title defence in 2023.

“Benny is recognised as among the best T20 allrounders in England and it is nice that he desires to complete his profession the place it started,” Giles White, Hampshire director of cricket, stated. “He provides nice depth to our squad and improves each our batting and bowling assets. It will likely be nice to have him again with the group and we’re all wanting ahead to seeing him carry out in a Hawks shirt once more subsequent season.”

Steve Snell, efficiency director at Gloucestershire, made it clear that the membership had hoped to retain Howell’s companies.

“Benny has been a terrific cricketer for Gloucestershire during the last 10 years,” Snell stated. “Not solely has he been an thrilling and entertaining participant to observe, to an extent he has redefined the artwork of T20 medium-paced bowling and in some respects is a pioneer.

“Naturally we’re disenchanted he’s leaving us, particularly as we made a particularly aggressive supply to attempt to hold Benny at Gloucestershire. I might prefer to thank him for his magnificent contribution to Gloucestershire Cricket; he shall be missed by everybody on the Seat Distinctive Stadium.”

“Hampshire is the place the place I learnt a large amount throughout my early profession,” Howell stated. “It was at all times an elite setting so I am extraordinarily excited to rejoin the membership after ten years away and hopefully I might help the facet compete for extra trophies sooner or later.”

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