Worcestershire trying to rope in Ashwin and Jadeja
Nottinghamshire is also trying to renew the contract with Cheteshwar Pujara.
Updated - Aug 12, 2017 1:50 pm
Indian cricketers are not allowed to participate in the different franchise based T20 leagues. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is very strict in this regard. But over the years, we have seen many Indian legendary cricketers, like former skipper Sourav Ganguly, Zaheer Khan, Rahul Dravid and even the ‘God’ of cricket Sachin Tendulkar play in the English County competition.
Very recently, Indian batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara participated in the County competition. A player participates in County cricket when he is free from national duties and this is done so as to regain the form and momentum. We can all see that after his county stint, Pujara is doing well for the Indian Test side in the series against Sri Lanka. The series against the Lions will end on the 6th of September and the cricketers will have a break after that.
Hence, few Indian cricketers might opt to play for any County side so as to stay in match practice. Nottinghamshire, the team for whom Pujara plays in the English county championship, is willing to have their star back after the Lankan tour. After the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka, the Indian cricketer will be able to play the last three rounds of the County Championship.
R Ashwin has been identified as an ideal candidate by Worcestershire
Pujara might be a well-known face in the County Championship, donning the jerseys of many teams like Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja might be seen in the competition this time around, donning the Worcestershire jersey.
“R Ashwin is one of those who have been identified as an ideal candidate by Worcestershire with a view to playing the last few weeks of the English season. The club’s director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, confirmed that Ravindra Jadeja is also of interest. Other first-class counties are understood to be exploring their options, too,” stated an ESPNcricinfo report.