Hampshire sign Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Colin Munro for Vitality Blast

Hampshire have signed Afghanistan ‘mystery spinner’ Mujeeb Ur Rahman and New Zealand batsman Colin Munro for this summer’s Vitality Blast.

Ur Rahman, one of the most exciting young talents in the game, will be available for the entire competition while Munro can play until his Caribbean Premier League commitments begin in August.

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The 17-year-old Ur Rahman impressed at the U19 Asia Cup and helped the senior side claim a place at the World Cup before securing a deal in the Indian Premier League.

Ur Rahman has gone on to take 14 wickets for Kings XI Punjab after becoming the youngest player in the competition’s history.

He said: “It is a great honour for me to play domestic cricket in England and I am very much looking forward to this latest challenge in my career so far.

“I hope I can help Hampshire be successful during my time with the team this year.”

Munro boasts a strike-rate of 163.59 in 45 Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand, with the left-hander currently sitting second in the ICC’s World T20I batting rankings.

He said: “Hopefully I can help the team get off to a flying start in the competition and contribute to securing a place in the knockout stages again this year.

“I have heard very positive things about the set-up at the Ageas Bowl and with a strong squad I think we have a real chance of going deep into the competition.”