New Delhi: Just a few weeks after Virak Kohli’s big announcement of skipping the only match of the Afghanistan Test to play county cricket for Surrey, another Indian cricketer comes up with a similar decision. After not being sold at the 2018 mega IPL auction held in January, Pacer Varun Aaron revealed that he will play county cricket for Leicestershire as a replacement for Pakistan quarterback Mohammad Abbas, who has international commitments as a reason.
“I enjoy the opportunity to join the Fox for the first part of the season,” Aaron said. “Playing county cricket offers me a great opportunity to showcase my skills, I am eager to take wickets and contribute to the team’s success.”
Pakistan will tour Ireland, England and Scotland in the first part of the 2018-19 season, therefore, Abbas will be far from his season in the county with the club for international cricket. On April 20 he will play in the opening match of the Leicestershire Championship Division against Sussex, after which Aaron will take over his place. The Pakistani will return to the club on June 20 before the Leicestershire match against Middlesex. The club had a choice in the form of Sohail Khan, who signed with Abbas in January, but a back injury kept him out, which meant that Leicestershire could not find a replacement.
“Varun is a high quality artist and his skills will ideally adapt to the early conditions of the season in England,” said Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon. “We are delighted to secure your signature for the games and games of the Specsavers County Championship at the Royal London Day Cup.
“We are getting a genuinely fast bowler in Varun, who has played several games in India and has also enjoyed an excellent domestic career, Varun is very interested in doing well and getting back in the Indian team and we are really hoping that He will join us. ”
The Aaron’s Leicestershire season will make him the fourth Indian cricketer to appear on England’s national cricket circuit. after Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire), Ishant Sharma (Sussex) and Kohli (Surrey). The news of the Indian captain was the last and is a bet to improve his batting record in England before the series of five games that will stand out August of this year.
As for Aaron, he has long since disappeared from international cricket. The last time he played against South Africa was in a local series at the end of 2015. However, with the sudden rise in supremacy in India’s bowling attack with players like Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav in Tests and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in limited overs format, Aaron has been erased from any near possibility of a comeback.
Also, for Aaron, this is not his first season in the county. In 2014, he had played for Durham after India’s test series against England.