Indian pacer Umesh Yadav signed an agreement with Middlesex Cricket on Monday. He will play for the team for the rest of the 2022 season. Yadav was initially not included in Middlesex’s squad to play Worcestershire this week at Merchant Taylors’ School. The club held off on publicising his arrival until his visa had been accepted.
Earlier today the club received this confirmation and also got confirmation on Yadav being registered with ECB. Hence, Yadav will represent Middlesex’s squad for this week’s game.
As a result, Yadav will be available to play for the team in First-Class and List-A forms for the remainder of the season. He will be contributing significantly to Middlesex’s County Championship and Royal London Cup campaigns.
The 34-year-old seamer, who was born in Nagpur, has a wealth of international experience. He has played 134 times for India, taking 273 wickets in 52 Tests, 77 One Day Internationals, and 7 International T20 matches. His overall career wicket tally exceeds 650 across all three game formats. His greatest international performance for India was a 6 for 88 against the West Indies in the Hyderabad Test in 2018.
Speaking about the inclusion of Yadav to the Middlesex side, the Club’s Head of Men’s Performance Cricket, Alan Coleman, commented: “It was always our intention to have an overseas international bowler with us throughout the duration of the season, and since Shaheen returned to Pakistan prior to the start of our Blast campaign we’ve been looking for the right player to replace him.”
Middlesex’s Head of Performance Cricket praises Yadav
“Yadav is that man. He comes to us with a wealth of experience, he is a proven world-class performer, and can not only make a huge difference himself for the remainder of our Championship campaign and to our prospects in the Royal London Cup but will also be a fantastic role model for our younger bowlers to work alongside,” he added.
Speaking further about Umesh, Coleman said: “As a bowler, he offers a huge amount. He delivers the ball from wide of the crease, can move the ball both ways, regularly tops 140 kph, and possesses a vicious short ball, so will be a real handful for opposition batters in English conditions.”