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Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma to play County cricket; Ravindra Jadeja may join

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma are headed for stints in English County cricket, with Ravindra Jadeja in negotiations to do the same.

cricket Updated: Aug 14, 2017 15:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Ravichandran Ashwin,Ishant Sharma,Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are set for stints in English County cricket. (BCCI/ SPORTZPICS)

Ravichandran Ashwin will be heading England to have a stint in the ongoing County Championship with Worcestershire, post the conclusion of the India versus Sri Lanka Test series in the island nation. Ishant Sharma is another Indian cricketer set to play County cricket this season, for Warwickshire. (INDIA ROUT SRI LANKA)

Alongside these two, world No 1 Test bowler and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is also reportedly in talks with several counties for a stint. However, nothing has been finalised as of now, reported cricket website ESPNCricinfo. Ravindra Jadeja too has been rested from the second leg of India’s tour of Sri Lanka.

Ravichandran Ashwin — ranked No 2 behind Jadeja in ICC Rankings for bowlers in Test cricket — has been rested from the Indian side to take on Sri Lanka in five ODIs and one T20I post the three-Test series of which the final match is underway.

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Worcestershire, who have had the services of champion Indian bowlers in Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan in the past, had shown keen interest in Ravichandran Ashwin, expecting the spinner to join their ranks towards the end of the season.

Ashwin is likely to be available for Worcestershire as early as for their match against Gloucestershire, starting August 28.

Before Ashwin and Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara was the only Indian this season to have taken part at some stage of the ongoing County Championship.

Pujara, who played a few matches for Nottinghamshire earlier this English domestic season, is expected to return to the County side after the conclusion of the Test series in Sri Lanka.

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While Ishant is also not a part of the Indian side for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka, his participation in the County Championship is expected to bolster the preparations for next year’s India’s tour of England for a proposed five-Test series.

India will head home for another packed schedule at home, which begins with a five-match ODI series against Australia. Unless Ashwin is selected for that series, he is expected to continue playing for Worcestershire till the end of their season as the County team is striving for promotion.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 12:46 IST