Pacer Navdeep Saini is all set to feature in the ongoing County Championship 2022 after signing a contract with Kent club. He will now play for Kent in their remaining three County Championship 2022 matches & five Royal London Cup Games on subject to visa clearance.
Navdeep Saini who had last played for India in 2021 on their Sri Lanka tour has been an integral part of the Delhi team in domestic Cricket & was also a part of the Rajasthan Royals squad in IPL 2022. He now becomes the fifth Indian player to sign a County Contract in 2022, following Cheteshwar Pujara (Sussex), Washington Sundar (Lancashire), Krunal Pandya (Warwickshire), and Umesh Yadav (Middlesex).
“It’s a great opportunity to play county cricket and I’m looking forward to giving my all for Kent,” Saini said.
Saini’s addition to Kent’s squad is due to their inability to scalp regular wickets in the ongoing season of County Championship 2022. He could make his debut against Warwickshire next week and will team up with Matt Henry who is returning to Kent for a second stint after having an impressive season in 2018. Throughout County Championship 2022 Kent have struggled hard to scalp wickets due to fitness issues of players, their form & flat pitches. Adding to the misery is their defeat to Northamptonshire this week which brings them down to the eighth spot in the 10-team Division One group with still five games left this season.
“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.
The Royal London Cup will run concurrently with the Hundred 2022 but the new 100-ball competition will not feature any Indians as BCCI doesn’t allow active Indian players to participate in any overseas leagues. However, the five Indian players who have signed Country contracts will be involved in the 50 over Royal London Cup.
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