Ravichandran Ashwin Set for Yorkshire Debut

Spinner will for play in IPL

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Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will play for Yorkshire in the United Kingdom's County Championship later this year.

Ashwin will be available for a minimum of eight County Championship Division One matches. Bet365 have Yorkshire priced at 8.00 to win the 2020 County Championship Division One.

He has previously represented Nottinghamshire in English county cricket.

Before travelling to the United Kingdom, though, Ashwin will play for the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. He was with the Kings XI Punjab for the 2019 IPL, but was later traded to the Capitals.

Comments from and about Ashwin

“I'm thrilled to be joining Yorkshire, a club with a wonderful history and a fantastic fan base. I think our team looks extremely talented with some superb pace bowlers and exciting batsmen. Hopefully my role as the spinner will be a key feature in helping the team achieve success,” said Ashwin.

“Headingley has always been a fantastic venue to play at. People speak about the overhead conditions playing a big part so let's hope for plenty of sun. I love playing first-class cricket and have enjoyed my two previous spells with Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire. My role will be to score runs and take wickets but it will be a collective effort if we are to win the title.

“I'm a deep thinker about the game and bowling in particular and will be researching my opponents carefully to ensure I have the edge. To follow in the footsteps of Sachin Tendulkar, who played for the county many years ago is a wonderful feeling for me.”

The 33-year-old Ashwin has taken 362 wickets in 70 Tests since debuting in 2011. His stint with Yorkshire might coincide, slightly, with the return of Proteas spinner Keshav Mahraj.

“Ashwin is available for the rest of the season after the IPL. Short-term signings haven't worked, we want someone who can come in for a longer period of time who can make an influence,” said Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale.

“With Maharaj doing so well last year, it shows the importance of having a spinner who can attack and defend. He can contribute with the bat as well. Ashwin ticks every box, he did well for Notts in a team that was underachieving with both bat and ball. To get a guy of his experience in and around the group will be great for us.”

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