South Africa opener Aiden Markram will join Hampshire as their overseas player for the beginning of the season.

Markram, 24, simplifies first signing Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who is in the frame to captain his country at the World Cup.

He’s anticipated to be readily available for Hampshire’s County Championship opening fixture against Essex on 5 April.

“He’s a player we’ve viewed within the last number of years,” said Hampshire director of cricket Giles White.

Markram, who himself could feature for South Africa at the World Cup from late might, had a quick spell at Durham last season.

“He is done particularly well at the beginning of his international career and throw his way in their white-ball side recently,” White told BBC Radio Solent.

“We are really pleased to have procured Aiden and we look forward to welcoming him as soon as possible.”

Hampshire could possess Markram available before close of the group stages of the one day Cup should he be selected for the worldcup.

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