India National Cricket Team right-arm pacer Mohammed Siraj, who has picked up 40 wickets at an average of 30.77 in 13 Tests, has signed up with Warwickshire for the remainder of the 2022 County Championship season.
Siraj is currently part of India’s squad for the ongoing three-match ODI series against the Zimbabwe National Cricket Team. He will be travelling to Birmingham after the completion of the Zimbabwe ODIs.
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The right-arm pacer will be available to play all three crucial matches for Warwickshire against Somerset, Gloucestershire and Hampshire. Warwickshire are currently third from the bottom on the Division One table, with just one win from 11 games.
Meanwhile, Siraj is the 6th India National Cricket Team player to be signed by a county team this season. Other than Siraj, Cheteshwar Pujara (Sussex), Washington Sundar (Lancashire), Krunal Pandya (Warwickshire for Royal London Cup), Umesh Yadav (Middlesex) and Navdeep Saini (Kent) have signed up with the English county teams for the 2022 season.
I’m excited to experience County Cricket – Mohammed Siraj
In a statement released by Warwickshire, Siraj expressed excitement at the prospect of experiencing County Cricket and said that he has always enjoyed playing in English conditions.
“I can’t wait to join up with the Bears squad. I have always enjoyed playing in England with India and I’m excited to experience County Cricket.
“Edgbaston is [a] world-class stadium and the atmosphere it created this year for the Test was special. I’m really looking forward to making it my home in September and hopefully helping the Bears end the season well.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to both Warwickshire County Cricket Club and BCCI for this opportunity,” said the Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj.
Warwickshire’s director of cricket, Paul Farbrace, labelled Siraj as “one of the best fast bowlers in the world” and said that he is a great addition to the squad. He asserted:
“Siraj is a fantastic addition to the squad and we can’t wait to welcome him to Warwickshire. He is one of the best fast bowlers in the world right now and his knowledge and experience will help bring an added dimension to our line-up.
“It’s been clear that we needed to strengthen our bowling attack for the crucial run-in period and I’m excited to see what Siraj can do in these three games.”
💬 “I’m really looking forward to making it my home in September.”
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— Warwickshire CCC 🏏 (@WarwickshireCCC) August 18, 2022
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