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Sam Hain, will join up with fellow Bear Jake Lintott, to play for Fortune Barashal in the 2022 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League.

The batsman will fly to the city in south Bangladesh once his visa is approved over the next 24 hours.

Hain, who is the Bears all-time leading T20 run scorer with 2,341 runs and 17 half-centuries, will be returning to the subcontinent for a second time after being selected to play for the Rangpur Rangers in 2017.

The 26-year-old will be looking to gain more short form experience after featuring for England Lions and Manchester Originals during the inaugural season of The Hundred.

“I’m incredibly excited to return to Bangladesh and test myself against some of the worlds best players,” said Hain.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in the Edgbaston Cricket Centre this winter and I believe this is an excellent opportunity to help continue to improve my game in the shorter format.

“There is no substitute for competitive cricket and, as players, we’re encouraged to play and improve as much as possible around the world. I really enjoyed my first experience in Bangladesh and I can’t wait to get out there and get going.”

Captained by Bangladesh international all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Barishal have picked up one win from their opening three games.

The side, which also features Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, return to action on Saturday (6.30am BST) and Hain hopes he’ll be available for selection.

“I may have to quarantine for a short time on arrival, but hopefully my visa arrives and I can get there as soon as possible,” the right-hander concluded.

“I’ve been following the team’s progress so far and the’ve played some good cricket. Jake has told me how welcoming the team are and I’m looking forward to catching up with him.

“It’s always great to have a fellow Bear around and I’m sure we’ll try to use this invaluable experience to help the Bears win the Vitality Blast in 2022.”

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Birmingham Bears will host Hampshire Hawks at Edgbaston on Thursday 7 July (6.30pn) in the Vitality Blast quarter-finals.

Adult tickets are available from £10, when you buy in advance of the day of the match. Under 12s go FREE and 12 to 15-year-olds are £1. Members and Season Pass holders go FREE.

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