Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer is all set to try his hands in new team that too in a new league this year. The Mumbai stalwart will feature for English County cricket club Lancashire in Royal London Cup. The official announcement came on Monday from the club's Twitter handle. Following the tweet, Indian fans and enthusiasts all over the world could not contain their excitement and curiosity. However, the fans can rest assured that playing for Lancashire will not hinder his involvement elsewhere.
Here is the tweet:
Shreyas Iyer will be the skipper of Delhi Capitals in the upcoming IPL and will continue his role without any issues. The 26-year-old will also be available for Indian cricket team after the tournament. So, what does the announcement mean and when will team miss Iyer?
Royal London Cup and Iyer's stint
Royal London Cup is a yearly tournament held among English county cricket clubs. Therefore, Shreyas Iyer will not be available from July 22 till August 19 if Lancashire make it to final. In case the team fails to clear group stage, the Mumbaikar's absence will reduce by a week. However, a defeat in knockout stages will see Shreyas end his campaign in England a day before Independence Day.
All the matches will be played in 50-over format with 18 teams competing for the trophy. Since its inauguration in 2014, the tournament has seen different winners for each of the six editions. The tournament was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. Lancashire are yet to make it to final, let alone winning the tournament. Surrey have featured in most finals as they came close to lifting trophy in 2015, 2016, and 2017, but failed on all occasions.
Following the signing, Lancashire fans will have their eyes set on Shreyas Iyer in the upcoming three-match ODI series against England. The stalwart's performance may give a new ray of hope to the club's fans as they are yet to taste the success.