Vastavam web: Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be tuning up for the inaugural World Test Championship against West Indies by playing in English County for Nottinghamshire.
“Yes, Ashwin will be playing for the Notts this season. The CoA had already made it clear that any centrally contracted cricketer will have automatic rights to play County cricket if that player gets an offer. Ashwin’s deal is almost final and only the CEO needs to sign his NoC,” a senior BCCI functionary privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
After Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane inked a deal with Hampshire, it is the turn of Ashwin to play six division 1 County games for the Nottinghamshire side that also has England’s premier fast bowler Stuart Broad in their ranks.
This will be Ashwin’s second stint in English County, having played four games for Worcestershire during the 2017 season. It was a fruitful season back then for the 32 year old, who got 20 scalps in four games and also scored 214 runs.
The BCCI has been in touch with the various county sides as they want their top long form specialists to play county cricket every season during June and July.