August 15, 2022
Benny Howell will rejoin Hampshire on a three-year contract


Benny Howell has agreed to return to Hampshire after turning down an offer to stay with Gloucestershire. Howell, 33, has signed a three-year white-ball deal with the county, where he initially came for a decade before leaving to look for more opportunities.

The all-rounder, who won his maiden England Lions cap last month, has developed a reputation on the global T20 stage for his “fast spinner” variations while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League and this year’s World Cup. The contract is being signed. IPL Auction.

Howell helped Gloucestershire lift the 2015 Royal London Cup and reach the T20 final day in 2020. He took over 300 wickets across all three formats in 11 seasons at Bristol – including 142 in T20Is with an economy of 7.17.

His short-form skills were instrumental in helping him reach the final of the Hundred’s inaugural edition in Birmingham Phoenix, and his arrival will strengthen Blast champions Hampshire’s hand before their title defense in 2023.

Giles White, Hampshire’s director of cricket, said: “Benny is recognized as one of the best T20 all-rounders in England and it’s great that he wants to end his career where he started.” “He adds a lot of depth to our squad and improves both our batting and bowling resources. It would be great to have him back with the group and we all look forward to seeing him perform in the Hawks shirt again next season.”

Gloucestershire performance director Steve Snell clarified that the club hoped to retain Howell’s services.

“Benny has been a prolific cricketer for Gloucestershire over the past 10 years,” Snell said. “Not only has he been an exciting and entertaining player to watch, to an extent he has redefined the art of T20 medium-pace bowling and is a pioneer in some respects.

“Naturally we are disappointed that he is leaving us, especially after we made an extremely competitive offer to try to keep Benny at Gloucestershire. I would like to thank him for his wonderful contribution to Gloucestershire cricket; he Everyone on the seat will be remembered for the unique stadium.”

“Hampshire is where I learned a lot during my early career,” Howell said. “It was always a unique atmosphere so I am extremely excited to be joining the club again after ten years and hopefully I can help it compete for more trophies in the future.”

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