The 34-year-old has taken 156, 106 and nine wickets for India in 52 Tests, 77 ODIs and 7 T20Is respectively. He has become the fourth Indian after batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (Sussex), all-rounder Washington Sundar (Lancashire) and Krunal Pandya (Warwickshire) to play in the current season of the English domestic cricket circuit.
“It was always our intention to have an overseas international with us throughout the season, and ever since Shaheen returned to Pakistan before the start of our Blast campaign, we have been looking for the right player to replace him. Yadav is that. Man.”
“He comes to us with a wealth of experience, he is a proven world-class performer, and can make a huge difference not only for the remainder of our championship campaign and for our chances at the Royal London Cup, but also Will be a great role model to work with our young bowlers,” said Alan Coleman, Head of Men’s Performance Cricket in Middlesex.
Yadav was initially not named in Middlesex’s squad to face Worcestershire this week at Merchant Tailors School as the club delayed the announcement of his arrival until his visa was confirmed.
On Monday morning, Middlesex received confirmation that he is now registered with the ECB, and as a result, Yadav has now been included in Middlesex’s squad for this week’s game.
Yadav will be available to represent Middlesex in both the First Division and List-A formats, meaning he will be able to play a key role in the club’s County Championship and Royal London Cup campaigns for the rest of the season. He was named in India’s squad for the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston, but could not make it to the playing XI.
“As a bowler he offers a huge amount. He delivers the ball from wide of the crease, can rock the ball both ways, can regularly go up to 140 kph, And holds a vicious short ball, so the English will have a real handful for the opposition batsmen. We are delighted to welcome Umesh to Middlesex and wish him every success he has during his stay with the club,” said Coleman concluded.
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