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The Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was ignored from the upcoming World Cup 2019 squad. He has signed for Hampshire and will play in the County Championship. He will be playing completely for the months of May, June, and July. The new appointment was confirmed and the move in a video posted on Twitter.

With the move, Rahane has become the first Indian to represent Hampshire. He will become Hampshire’s overseas player. He is expected to star in eight Specsavers County Championship fixtures during the three months.

The right-handed batsman will replace South Africa's Aiden Markram. Makram ended his stint with the county side after the conclusion of the Royal London one-day cup group stages. He will join the national side for the World Cup tournament.

Speaking in a press release, Rahane said: “I am amazed to be the first Indian to play for Hampshire, a county which has a bright reputation. I hope to score runs and win as a team and would like to thank BCCI for allowing me to play.”

“We’re happy to attract a player of Ajinkya’s class and with both Aiden and Dimuth selected for the World Cup. Ajinkya displayed an interest early on and the way things have played out it’s a great chance to get him over. We’re really excited to have him with us,” Hampshire Director Of Cricket Giles White said.

“He’s fancied playing at the Ageas Bowl previously and it’s going to be great to have a player of his development joining the dressing room,” he added.

Ajinkya Rahane was not included in the Indian World Cup squad and Vijay Shankar was the preferred player over the much experienced Ajinkya.

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