Navdeep Saini to play for Kent in ongoing season


Quick bowler Navdeep Saini has develop into the newest Indian participant to signal a contract to play county cricket after agreeing a cope with Kent.

Saini, who performs his home cricket for Delhi and was a part of Rajasthan Royals’ squad for IPL 2022, final performed for India 12 months in the past on their tour to Sri Lanka. He is because of play three County Championship matches and 5 Royal London Cup video games, topic to visa and regulatory approval.

He turns into the fifth Indian participant to signal a county contract in 2022, following Cheteshwar Pujara (Sussex), Washington Sundar (Lancashire), Krunal Pandya (Warwickshire for Royal London Cup) and Umesh Yadav (Middlesex). “It is a terrific alternative to play county cricket and I am wanting ahead to giving my all for Kent,” Saini mentioned.

Saini might make his debut towards Warwickshire subsequent week and is ready to play alongside Matt Henry, the New Zealand seamer who’s returning to Kent for a second stint after impressing in 2018. George Linde, the South Africa allrounder, can be on their books however counties can solely subject two abroad gamers in a taking part in XI.

Kent have struggled to take Championship wickets all season attributable to a mix of health, kind and flat pitches, and their defeat to Northamptonshire this week leaves them eighth within the 10-team Division One with 5 video games left this season.

Their ineffectiveness with the ball prompted Paul Downton, their director of cricket, to dip into the switch market. “In a yr when it has been tough to take wickets, we’re excited to have the chance so as to add a quick bowler of Navdeep’s high quality to our squad,” Downton mentioned.

The Royal London Cup runs concurrently with the Hundred and it’s an acknowledged supply of frustration for the ECB that its new 100-ball competitors doesn’t function any male Indian gamers.

In February 2019, the previous ECB chief executive Tom Harrison admitted that the involvement of Indian gamers was “a political dialog as a lot as something … it is not simply the ECB and The Hundred that will probably be eager to get Indian gamers concerned. Clearly that is a wider dialogue.”

The BCCI don’t enable energetic males’s gamers to participate in any abroad short-form leagues, however a number of current India internationals, together with Saini, will probably be concerned within the second-string 50-over competitors.

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