Cheteshwar Pujara is set to replace Travis Head in the Surrey County Cricket Club as the overseas hitter for the County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup, the club announced on Thursday, March 10.
The club consented to Travis’ request to be released from his contract due to greater international obligations and the announcement that he and his girlfriend are expecting their first child, and Cheteshwar Pujara will take his position for most of the 2022 season. Pujara will arrive in time for the season’s first Championship match and will stay until the RL50 tournament concludes.
On announcing that he had signed for the club Cheteshwar said, “I am excited and honoured to be a part of the historic Sussex County Cricket Club for the upcoming season. I do look forward to joining up with the Sussex family soon and being a part of its rich cricketing history. Over the years I have always enjoyed my time in the UK playing county cricket, so eagerly looking forward to the new stint and hope to contribute to the club’s success.”
Explaining his decision, Travis said, “I would like to stress that it’s important for me to support Jessica over the Australian winter while balancing a busy international schedule. It comes with disappointment during a very exciting period for me personally that I won’t be returning this season, I’ve built some great relationships and was very excited for it. I’m hopeful I can still have an impact at the club in the future and I will be watching the season very closely. I wish everyone all the best and thank you for the support.”
Prior to the start of the season, a new Championship Captain will be named in due time.
Following the rescheduling of Pakistan vs. West Indies one-day series for early June, Mohammad Rizwan is expected to play in the early part of the Championship season and at least eight Blast group games. He’ll return from current Pakistan vs. Australia test series in time for the Championship’s second round, which begins on April 14th. The Surrey County Cricket Club has recruited Australian batter/keeper Josh Philippe for the remaining Vitality Blast competition and Championship matches during this time.
The Sydney Sixers star said on signing for Sussex, “I am delighted to be joining Sussex for the T20 Blast and the County Championship. The opportunity to play in England with a young and talented Sussex squad is something I am really looking forward to.”