County Championship 2021 – Hanuma Vihari confirmed for Warwickshire stint after Pieter Malan deal hits visa snag
India batsman initially set to be obtainable for 3 video games but it surely could possibly be prolonged
Vihari, who has performed 12 Exams, together with three on India’s victorious tour of Australia earlier this 12 months, doesn’t have an IPL deal and is predicted to be obtainable for at the least three LV= Insurance coverage County Championship video games.
He made his Take a look at debut towards England on their 2018 tour, whereas his highest rating of 111 – his solitary Take a look at century so far – got here towards West Indies in 2019. In his first-class profession, Vihari has made 7,094 runs at 56.75 in 90 video games, whereas he’s additionally a part-time offspinner with 27 wickets to his title.
The BCCI is known to have agreed the deal within the hope that his expertise within the county recreation will show helpful forward of the World Take a look at Championship closing, which is scheduled to be performed in Southampton in June, and India’s five-Take a look at tour of England that follows.
“Hanuma will arrive within the UK this afternoon,” Warwickshire’s Director of Cricket, Paul Farbrace, stated. “We hope that this offers time for him to do his six days quarantine and to characteristic in subsequent week’s recreation versus Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, topic to receiving adverse COVID checks.
“He is a high-quality batsman, and an efficient off spinner, who has been a part of two India Take a look at collection victories in Australia. However he additionally involves Warwickshire with an excellent report within the first-class recreation and our younger batsman are going to be taught an enormous quantity from enjoying and coaching with somebody of Hanuma’s calibre.
“We’re additionally very grateful to Hanuma for stepping in at such quick discover to cowl Pieter Malan while we await affirmation of visa and his protected entry to the UK from South Africa.”
Warwickshire had initially signed Malan, the South Africa top-order participant, for all the season. However with South Africa presently categorised as a “crimson record” nation by the UK authorities, he has been unable to acquire a visa at this stage. Even when he does, he can be obliged to spend time in quarantine earlier than changing into obtainable, that means it’s unlikely he’ll play earlier than Could. With that in thoughts, there appears each probability Vihari’s keep could possibly be prolonged.
“I am wanting ahead to this chance and to play for a giant membership like Warwickshire is absolutely thrilling,” Vihari stated.
Different India gamers akin to Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay and Axar Patel have all had spells within the county recreation in current occasions, whereas Virat Kohli signed for Surrey in 2018 however was obliged to tug out because of harm. Shreyas Iyer has additionally signed to play for Lancashire within the 50-over competitors, though his health is unsure after requiring shoulder surgical procedure.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo