Ashwin to play six games for Nottinghamshire for World Test Championship preparation
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is set to play six games for England’s county club Nottinghamshire as a preparation for the World Test Championship.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been off the radar in India’s ODI and T20 team due to the lethal leg-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal, but the men in blue still count on Ashwin when it comes to the longer format of the game.
With the World Test Championship coming up right after the World Cup, Ashwin looks to gear him up by playing in the county cricket.
However, this will be not the first time for the off-spinner in England’s county cricket as he has 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 with the bat.
A senior BCCI functionary privy to the development informed on Sunday –
“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.”
Meanwhile, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will be also heading to England as he inked a deal with Hampshire. The Board of Cricket Control in India (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.