Hampshire rope in Colin de Grandhomme for final leg of Vitality T20 Blast

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been signed by county side Hampshire for the final leg of Vitality T20 Blast competition. Colin de Grandhomme is currently going through rehabilitation process after suffering an ankle injury for almost six months. He missed the home series against West Indies, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia.

The 34-year old will be looking to get fit in time for New Zealand for the World Test Championship against India. Earlier this month, Colin de Grandhomme was not included in New Zealand Test squad for the upcoming tour of England.

Hampshire have decided to rope in all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme for the upcoming season of Vitality T20 Blast competition. All-rounder will be available for the final phase of the competition.

New Zealand all-rounder played as a specialist batsman in the domestic tournaments such as Ford Trophy and Super Smash T20I competition. The batting all-rounder managed to return to training last month after undergoing surgery on his right ankle. He is expected to join New Zealand Test squad for the inaugural World Test Championship final that will be played against India at Southampton from 18th till 22nd June.

After conclusion of the World Test Championship, Colin de Grandhomme will be available for Hampshire for the later stages of the Vitality T20 Blast, starting with the game against Somerset on 25th June. However, there are doubts over his availability for the full competition since there is five-week break after final league match.

Last year, Colin de Grandhomme made his final appearance for New Zealand and India. His previous stint in the Vitality T20 Blast competition was for the Birmingham Bears for the two consecutive years (2017 and 2018).  In the past, Colin de Grandhomme has featured in various leagues like Caribbean Premier League and Indian Premier League.

He will be keen to make an impact with bat and  ball for Hampshire in this year’s competition.

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