Hampshire sign Darren Sammy for NatWest T20 Blast

West Indies limited-overs captain Darren Sammy will join Hampshire for a large proportion of the T20 Blast this season.

Hampshire sign Darren Sammy for NatWest T20 Blast
Darren Sammy will turn out for Hampshire this season (image via: dafabetsports.com)

Hampshire have furthered their squad for this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast competition by bringing in experienced West Indies captain Darren Sammy for a large chunk of the competition.

The big-hitting St Lucian, who is hugely experienced in the shorter format having played in all of the high-profile T20 competitions across the world, will be available for Hampshire until his Caribbean Premier League (CPL) commitments at the start of July. 

His first match for the club at the Ageas Bowl will come against the Kent Spitfires on Thursday 2nd June in what will be a tough test for Hampshire, facing last year's South Division winners. 

Sammy currently performing at World T20

The 32 year-old is currently playing in the World T20 in India, and has previously played for Nottinghamshire and Glamorgan in the competition.

Darren Sammy enjoyed his time with Nottinghamshire in 2015 (image via: cricinfo)
Darren Sammy enjoyed his time with Nottinghamshire in 2015 (image via: cricinfo)

His West Indies side have started the competition strongly, having won their opening two matches and face an important fixture against South Africa on Friday afternoon.

Sammy is a great all-rounder and so he will really add to the depth of the Hampshire ranks, joining fellow-overseas star Shahid Afridi whose signing was announced earlier in the month.

Sammy 'really excited' to be joining Hants

When asked to explain how he felt about the move, the West Indian stated that he is "really excited" to be signing with the county. 

Sammy is aware how well the side have done in recent years in this format and is glad to become a part of the side, saying that he hopes his talent can add to the strength of the side this Summer. 

Big hitter returns to Blast after making impact for Notts in 2015

The West Indies T20 captain is more than familiar with the T20 Blast. Sammy made a big impact during his short stint with Nottinghamshire last season, averaging 41 with the bat in four matches.

More recently, the 32-year old featured in the Pakistan Super League, in a team captained by Afridi, whilst this month he skippered the West Indies to an unbeaten start in the ICC World T20 in India.