Umesh Yadav will replace Shaheen Afridi in the Middlesex County 

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Umesh Yadav signed with Middlesex for the remainder of the season

India right-arm pacer Umesh Yadav has joined Middlesex for the remainder of the 2022 domestic season, the club announced on Monday that he will replace Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi as an overseas player at the club.

India right-arm pacer Umesh Yadav has joined Middlesex for the remainder of the 2022 domestic season, the club announced on Monday. He will play in the County Championship as well as the One-Day Cup.

Middlesex said that the announcement of the Indian pacer signing was delayed as confirmation of his visa was awaited among other formalities. 

This morning the club received this confirmation, and affirmation that he is registered with the ECB, and Yadav has, as a result, now been added to the squad for this week’s game.

He will become the fourth Indian player to play in the ongoing season of the English Domestic cricket circuit. Earlier, all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar had been signed by Warwickshire and Lancashire respectively. 

Cheteshwar Pujara played for Sussex before being selected in the Indian squad for the rescheduled fifth Test against England.

Umesh will replace Pakistan star pacer Shaheen Afridi as an overseas player at the club. Shaheen had withdrawn himself because he wanted to spend time with his family the pave the way for his national commitments.

“It was always our intention to have an overseas international bowler with us throughout the season, and since Shaheen returned to Pakistan before the start of our Blast campaign we’ve been looking for the right player to replace him,”

said Alan Coleman, Head of Men’s Performance Cricket at Middlesex.

“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.

“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.

“We are delighted to welcome Umesh to Middlesex and wish him every success during his stay with the Club.”

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