Owais Shah keen on extended Hampshire stay

Owais Shah

Owais Shah says he would like to play for Hampshire for their whole T20 Blast campaign and maybe in the longer form of one-day cricket as well.

The 35-year-old former England batsman has joined the county for the next three T20 games, but says he would like to be around longer.

"I want to play the whole competition and be part of it," Shah told BBC Radio Solent.

"But it's all about where Hampshire see me, how they think I fit in."

Shah played six Test matches for England and retired from four-day cricket with Essex last year to concentrate on the limited-overs game.

And he says he feels in fine form ahead of his debut against Sussex at Hove on Friday.

"I'm 35 and I feel fit enough to play," he said.

"I've just been playing Big Bash and I've been playing all over the world for the past three years, IPL, South Africa, Bangladesh.

"So I want to play as much cricket as I can in the shortest form. I'm happy to finish my first-class career and kick on with the shorter form.

"They have a very good formula here at Hampshire. They have a very good drilled-out unit. I want to fit it with the team, work out my role and do that to the best of my ability."

Shah also he is relishing linking up with Australia Glenn Maxwell, who arrives for a second stint at the Ageas Bowl once his IPL commitments are over.

"He's been a revelation," said Shah.

"He played a couple of years ago. I don't think he did as well as he has been doing in the past six weeks, he is unbelievable. People can learn off this guy,"