Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has re-signed a deal with Worcestershire for the County Championship, slated for a small period after the five-Test series against England.
Ashwin will replace South Africa’s Wayne Parnell as the overseas player for the club and will join the team only for two games, against Essex and Yorkshire.
Worcestershire CEO all praise for Ravichandran Ashwin
The head of the Worcestershire County club was extremely happy with Ashwin’s decision of continuing playing with them, despite the fact that his presence would only be for a couple of games.
We are delighted to have Ashwin coming back for what could be a key part of the season. He is one of the best spinners in world cricket and the influence he had when here last season cannot be under-estimated,” said the Worcestershire CEO.
Matt Rawnsley, CEO of Worcestershirefurther added,”The lads all speak so highly of him, the impact he had on the field and the way he slotted in so well off the pitch and he was willing to offer advice to our young spinners like Ben Twohig.”
The club’s head coach, Kevin Sharp, added that Ashiwn will be a great addition to the County club, as he has been before.
“Ashwin is world class and he loved it at Worcestershire. Conversations have been ongoing about him coming back and I’m sure he will be a great fillip for us. He had a massive input for us on and off the field last summer in helping us gain promotion and he is a high-class individual”, said the head coach.
Ashwin’s presence is of utmost importance for the Indian team
Ashwin is part of the squad that will take on England in the five-match series starting August 1. Ahead of the series, India will play a four-day game against Sussex, starting July 25.
The 31-year old bowling all-rounder has 316 wickets in 58 games and 2,145 runs at an average of 30.84 with 4 hundreds and 11 fifties to his name. His presence would be of utmost importance for the Indian unit.
After the end of the tour, Ashwin will stay back and complete the brief stint.
His initial stint with the club turned out to be a fruitful one, as he picked up 20 wickets from four games, also helping Worcestershire qualify for Division One. He also averaged 42.50 with the bat.
Source: The Hindu