Indian fast bowler Navdeep Saini will play eight games for English county side Kent in the current season.
The pacer will wear his favorite shirt number 96 and follow in the footsteps of Rahul Dravid to become the second Indian Test cricketer to play for the county.
Saini, who slipped under the radar when it came to the national reckoning, was a net bowler for the Indian team ahead of his rescheduled fifth Test against England in Birmingham earlier this month.
“Kent Cricket are delighted to announce the signing of India international fast bowler Navdeep Saini for up to three County Championship matches and five Royal London Cup matches, subject to visa and regulatory approval,” Kent announced. on its website.
The 29-year-old has represented his country in all forms of play after making his T20I debut for India in August 2019.
Kent County have praised India’s reserve leader.
”Hailed as one of the five fastest Indian bowlers in world cricket, Saini is capable of clocking 95mph and has won 148 class leading wickets at 28.80 with a career bowling economy of 2.92” , the website said.
On joining Kent Cricket, Saini said: “It’s a great opportunity to play county cricket and I can’t wait to give my all for Kent.” Kent manager of cricket and former keeper Paul Downton said : ”A year from now when it has been difficult to take wickets, we are delighted to have the opportunity to add a fast bowler of the quality of Navdeep to our team. ”
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