[caption id="attachment_834786" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-834786" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Ajinkya-Rahane_PTI.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="314" /> Ajinkya Rahane will represent Hampshire in eight matches during the Specsavers County Championship matches, which will take place throughout May, June and July, subject to visa clearance. @PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india">India</a>'s Test vice-captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ajinkya-rahane/">Ajinkya Rahane</a> became the first player from the country to join English county side <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/hampshire">Hampshire</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Rahane, who is currently playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and not picked in India s 15-man squad for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/2019-icc-cricket-world-cup-2">World Cup 2019</a>, will represent Hampshire in eight matches during the Specsavers County Championship matches, which will take place throughout May, June and July, subject to visa clearance. <p></p> <p></p>Rahane will join the county as a replacement for South Africa s Aiden Markram, who will be a part of the Proteas side for the World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>Expressing his delight on having Rahane on the board, Giles White, Director Of Cricket at Hampshire, said, We re delighted to attract a player of Ajinkya s class and with both Aiden and Dimuth selected for the World Cup, we were obviously in the market for a top-order batsman. Ajinkya showed an interest early on and the way things have played out it s a great opportunity to get him over - we re really excited to have him with us. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ajinkya-rahane-prithvi-shaw-among-seven-indian-players-to-play-county-cricket-before-world-test-championship-831836">Pujara, Rahane, Shaw among seven Indian players to play County cricket before World Test Championship</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p> He s enjoyed playing at the Ageas Bowl previously and it s going to be great to have a player of his stature joining the dressing room, added White. <p></p> <p></p>Rahane said that he is excited to be a part of a country which has a glowing reputation . The right-hander has scored 3488 runs in 56 Tests for India in addition to his runs in ODIs and T20Is. <p></p> <p></p> I am excited to be the first Indian to play for Hampshire, a county which has a glowing reputation. I hope to score runs and win as a team and would like to thank BCCI for allowing me to play, said Rahane.