Naman Ojha, wicketkeeper-batsman of Madhya Pradesh, has been contracted to play for Rajasthan Royals in the second season of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Ojha, the first player from Madhya Pradesh to join the cash-rich event, has signed a one year contract with the last year's champions. IPL 2 will begin in April.
"I have signed a one year contract with Rajasthan Royals and will join the team in last week of March or first week of April," the Indore-based cricketer told PTI.
"Rajasthan Royals first approached me in August 2008 and since then talks were going on to include me the squad," he said.
Being a first-class player, Ojha has been contracted for amount specified by the Cricket Board (BCCI).
Born in a banker's family in Ujjain, the 26-year-old started his first-class cricket career in 2000-01.
Ojha is optimistic of being included in playing eleven of Rajasthan Royals, which will miss Pakistan's Kamran Akmal in IPL Season-2.
Ojha lauded the role of former Madhya Pradesh cricketer Sanjay Jagdale in promoting sporting talents in the state and attributed his selection to him. Jagdale is currently a BCCI Joint Secretary.