Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal signs up with Kent for County Championship

Yuzvendra Chahal, the Indian leg-spinner, has inked a deal with Kent to play their remaining three County Championship matches in England.

Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was not selected for the Asia Cup or the ODI World Cup squads, has finalized an agreement to join Kent for their remaining three matches in the County Championship in England, pending regulatory clearance.

Chahal will be eligible for selection in Kent’s remaining two home Championship matches against Nottinghamshire and Lancashire, as well as their away fixture against Somerset.

He becomes the second India international to represent Kent this season, following left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh, who played for the club in the County Championship competition in June and July, amassing 13 wickets in eight innings.

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Expressing his enthusiasm, Chahal stated, “This is an exciting challenge for me, playing in English county cricket, and one I’m very much looking forward to.”

Kent’s Director of Cricket, Paul Downton, welcomed Chahal, saying, “He is really looking forward to playing in English conditions and will bring a significant amount of skill and international experience to our squad.”

While Chahal has accumulated 87 wickets from 33 first-class matches, he has yet to make his Test debut for India. However, he has been a prominent white-ball performer for India, with 121 wickets from 72 ODIs at an average of 27.13. Additionally, he has taken 96 wickets from 80 T20Is with an economy rate of 8.19. In the previous season of the Ranji Trophy, Chahal played two matches for Haryana, securing three wickets at an average of 92.33.

In addition to Chahal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Jaydev Unadkat are set to represent Sussex, while Jayant Yadav is awaiting resolution of visa issues to join Middlesex. Furthermore, B Sai Sudharsan has joined Surrey, and Umesh Yadav will be competing for Essex for the remainder of the County Championship.

-IANS