Cheteshwar Pujara, the Indian top-order batsman, will play six County Championship fixtures for Gloucestershire this season after signing a short-term cope with the membership.
Gloucestershire, who can be taking part in in Division One for the primary time since 2005 after profitable promotion final season, can be Pujara’s fourth county, following spells at Derbyshire (2014), Yorkshire (2015 and 2018) and Nottinghamshire (2017).
Pujara is one in all solely two Test specialists in the contracted list of 27 Indian players to not function within the IPL, making him accessible for the beginning of the English season.
His first sport would be the season opener in opposition to Yorkshire at Headingley on April 12, and he’ll depart instantly earlier than the T20 Blast begins on the finish of May. Qais Ahmad, the Afghanistan legspinner, will play the ultimate six Championship games in addition to the entire of the Blast, whereas the membership doesn’t at the moment have an abroad participant for the mid-season games in opposition to Somerset and Hampshire.
Pujara would be the membership’s first Indian participant since Javagal Srinath in 1995, who took 87 Championship wickets at 19.09 apiece after being beneficial to the county by Courtney Walsh.
“I am really excited to get the opportunity to represent Gloucestershire this season,” Pujara mentioned. “The membership has a wealthy cricketing historical past, and it is a nice alternative to be part of it and contribute to its success.
“I’m grateful to the membership for giving me this chance and can’t wait to get to Bristol to satisfy my teammates and rating some runs. I’ve actually loved the expertise of coming over to the UK and taking part in county cricket over the previous couple of years and I’m wanting ahead to constructing on that while persevering with to enhance my sport.”
Pujara’s document in County Championship cricket is surprisingly underwhelming. He averages 29.93 throughout 36 innings within the competitors, together with a six-game spell with Yorkshire in 2018 during which he didn’t make a single half-century.
Richard Dawson, Gloucestershire head coach, mentioned: “Cheteshwar is a participant with nice temperament who will add worldwide expertise to the squad. He is undoubtedly among the best batsmen in world cricket and we’re very lucky to have him in our squad for the beginning of the County Championship marketing campaign.
“Adding Pujara to a strong batting line-up gives me great confidence ahead of our opening County Championship matches.”