After Cheteshwar Pujara (Sussex), Washington Sundar (Lancashire), Krunal Pandya (Warwickshire) and Umesh Yadav (Middlesex), Navdeep Saini became the fifth Indian player to sign for the County Championship. He has agreed to join the Kent team. Subject to a visa and regulatory approval, the 29-year-old is expected to play three County Championship games and five London Royal Cup games.
“It’s a great opportunity to play county cricket and I’m looking forward to giving my all for Kent,” Saini said in a statement released by Kent Cricket.
After signing Saini, Kent cricket team director Paul Downton was thrilled with the deal. “In a year when it’s been difficult to take wickets, we’re excited to have the opportunity to add a fast bowler of Navdeep’s quality to our squad,” Downton said in the same release.
Kent reported that Saini will wear his favorite number on the jersey, 96, and become India’s second cricketer like Rahula Dravida in his time. Navdeep Saini managed to take 148 first-class wickets at an average of 28.80 and a bowling economy of 2.92.
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