Navdeep Saini has become the fifth Indian player to To Sign a contract to play county cricket.
The latest Indian player has become:-
Saini has become the latest Indian player to have signed a contract to play county cricket after agreeing to a deal with Kent.
Saini plays his domestic cricket for Delhi and was part of the Rajasthan Royals squad for IPL 2022. He last played for India on the tour of Sri Lanka 12 months ago.
They are to play three County Championship matches and five Royal London Cup games, subject to visa and regulatory approvals.
He became the fifth Indian player after Cheteshwar Pujara (Sussex), Washington Sundar (Lancashire), Krunal Pandya (Warwickshire), and Umesh Yadav (Middlesex) to sign a county contract in 2022.
“It’s a great opportunity to play county cricket and I look forward to giving my all for Kent,” Saini said.
New Zealand seamer set to play alongside Matt Henry:-
Saini could make his debut against Warwickshire next week and is setting to play alongside New Zealand seamer Matt Henry, who is returning for a second stint at Kent after impressing in 2018.
South Africa all-rounder George Linde is also in his books. But counties can field only two overseas players in the same playing XI.
Kent has struggled to take championship wickets throughout the season due to a combination of fitness, form, and flat pitches.
Their loss to Northamptonshire this week has left them in eighth place in the 10-team Division One. With five games left this season.
Their Director of cricket Paul Downton:-
His ineffectiveness with the ball prompted his director of cricket Paul Downton to plunge into the transfer market.
“In a year when wicket-taking has been difficult. We are excited to have a pace bowler like Navdeep in our squad,” Downton said.
The Royal London Cup runs alongside the Hundred. And it is a source of dismay for the ECB that its new 100-ball competition has no Indian players.
The BCCI does not allow active players to participate in any foreign short-form leagues. But several recent India internationals, including Saini, will feature in the 50-over second-string competition.