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Navdeep Saini to play for Kent for County Championship 2022

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Fast bowler Navdeep Saini has become the most recent Indian talent to secure a contract to play in County Championship 2022. Saini has signed to play the ongoing season for Kent.

Saini competes in domestic cricket for Delhi and was a member of the Rajasthan Royals IPL 2022 roster. He last represented India on a tour of Sri Lanka a year ago. Depending on his visa and regulatory approval, he will participate in five Royal London Cup games and three County Championship games.

He is now the sixth Indian player to sign a county contract in 2022. Cheteshwar Pujara (Sussex), Washington Sundar (Lancashire), Krunal Pandya (Warwickshire for Royal London Cup) and Umesh Yadav (Middlesex) were the first five.

It’s a great opportunity to play county cricket and I’m looking forward to giving my all for Kent,” Saini said.

Saini is scheduled to play alongside New Zealand seamer Matt Henry. Henry is back in Kent for a second stint after making an impression in 2018. He might make his debut against Warwickshire the following week. They also have South African all-rounder George Linde on their roster. But the counties are only allowed to select two foreign players in a starting XI.

Kent is eighth in the 10-team Division One after their loss to Northamptonshire this week. They have five games left in the season. Kent has struggled to collect Championship wickets all season due to a combination of fitness, form, and flat grounds.

Their ineffectiveness with the ball prompted Paul Downton, their director of cricket, to dip into the transfer market.

“In a year when it’s been difficult to take wickets, we’re excited to have the opportunity to add a fast bowler of Navdeep’s quality to our squad,” Downton said.

No Indian male player in ‘The Hundred’ tournament

The Royal London Cup takes place at the same time as the Hundred. No one is publicly addressing it, but it’s well known that the ECB finds it frustrating that its new 100-ball competition does not include any male Indian players. The BCCI forbids current men’s players from competing in any short-form tournaments held abroad. Saini and other recent India internationals will play in the second-string 50-over competition.

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Pratik Pathak
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