Hampshire's Sean Ervine holds England aspiration

Sean Ervine

Hampshire's Zimbabwe-born all rounder Sean Ervine says he is hoping to play one-day cricket for England.

In April Ervine completes a four-year residency qualification that will make him eligible to play for England.

Ervine, 29, has signed to play in the Bangladesh Premier League for Duronto Rajshanti fetching £15,700 at auction.

"I want to do well in the BPL and then play well for Hampshire and if I can do two good years then hopefully get a call-up," Ervine told BBC Radio Solent.

Ervine recently cut short his stint playing first-class cricket in Zimbabwe to meet the residency qualification in the United Kingdom.

"It was more of a mutual agreement, me playing first-class cricket out there, but I've had to come back to try to qualify for my eligibility," he added.

"This is my last year and hopefully I am going to fulfil that. Basically it is April to April for four years and you have to do 210 days in the country for four years.

"Then I qualify for England and then hopefully go on for selection."

It is just over a year since Ervine announced he was returning to Zimbabwe to play Test cricket, only to be talked out of it by Hampshire two weeks later.

Meanwhile, Hampshire's 2012 T20 overseas player, Shahid Afridi, has become the most expensive player in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League auction.

Dhaka Gladiators bid £450,000 for the leg-spinning all-rounder, who took 17 wickets in 10 matches (at an average of 11.17) for Hampshire last season.

Afridi was the target of all six teams competing in the new competition, which starts on 10 February 2012.

There he will join former Hampshire stars Imran Tahir and Abdul Razzaq.

Based on the Indian Premier League, the Twenty20 competition will include 33 matches including home and away ties between all six teams. The top four teams in the group will then qualify for a knock-out stage with a final on 29 February.

"It's very exciting, they are trying to copy the IPL and is another opportunity for me to impress and hopefully get into something like the IPL later," added Ervine.

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