County News – Middlesex sign Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav for remainder of 2022 season

Umesh Yadav has started a first stint in county cricket in England, with Middlesex signing him for the remainder of the 2022 season in place of Shaheen Shah Afridi. The Pakistani fast bowler has returned home to prepare for the national team’s two-test tour of Sri Lanka, which is already underway with a warm-up match in Colombo.

Umesh was originally due to play five County Championship games from the start of next week but has now been brought into the squad with immediate effect following a late visa clearance. He has been included in the XI for Middlesex’s ongoing clash against Worcestershire, which started at Northwood on Monday.

Umesh will also be available for Middlesex’s Royal London One-Day Cup. He is not part of India’s white-ball plans and is free from national team commitments over the next few months, as is fellow Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, who plays for Sussex this season. Both players were part of the India squad for the final Test of their five-match series against England at Edgbaston last week.

“He is a proven world-class performer and can not only make a huge difference himself to the rest of our Championship campaign and to our Royal London Cup hopes, but will also be a fantastic role model for our young bowlers to work from. alongside,” said Alan Coleman, the club’s head of men’s performance.

“As a bowler he offers a tremendous amount. He delivers the ball wide of the crease, can move the ball back and forth, consistently tops 140mph and has a vicious short ball, so will be a real handle for opposing batters in English. the conditions.”

Umesh brings with him over a decade of experience in international cricket but has recently been a reserve tailor for India in Test cricket. He last played in the ODIs and T20Is in 2018 and 2019 respectively, while the most recent of his 52 Tests, which netted him 158 wickets at an average of 30.80, came earlier this year at the Cap.

Apart from Umesh and Pujara, the versatile Washington Sundar is also expected to feature in the Royal London One-Day Cup, having signed for Lancashire. Sundar is currently in the final stages of rehabilitation from a leg injury and could be one of India’s options for the T20 World Cup later this year.

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