Middlesex County Cricket Club has announced the signing of Indian pacer Umesh Yadav for the rest of the 2022 season, the club announced on Monday. Yadav will represent the club in both First-Class and List-A formats. The club also revealed that Yadav was not initially named in Middlesex's squad to face Worcestershire this week at Merchant Taylors' School due to confirmation on his availability.
Now as the club received confirmation that his visa had been approved, Yadav has been named as an addition to Middlesex’s squad for this week’s game. The Indian pacer will be a part of Middlesex’s County Championship and Royal London Cup campaigns for the rest of the season.
On addition of one of the experienced international campaigners in the club, the Club’s Head of Men’s Performance Cricket, Alan Coleman expressed his happiness and hoped for Yadav to play a role model to the younger bowlers in the squad. Alan also wished the pacer success during his stay with the club.
“It was always our intention to have an overseas international bowler with us throughout the duration of the season, and since Shaheen returned to Pakistan prior to the start of our Blast campaign we’ve 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 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.”
Notably, the Nagpur-born pacer, aged 34, has a wealth of international experience, having played 134 times for India, in 52 Tests, 77 One Day Internationals, and 7 International T20s, in which he has taken 273 wickets for his country.