Akshar Patel is currently playing for Punjab in Indian T20 League © Getty Images
Akshar Patel is currently playing for Punjab in Indian T20 League © Getty Images

Akshar Patel has been signed by Durham to feature for them in six County Championship games. He will play for them in Divison 2 of the championship. Apart from Akshar, the likes Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli are already signed to different county sides.

Akshar will make his debut against Glamorgan on August 19. He will move on to play matches against Northamptonshire, Sussex, Middlesex, Leicester and Warwickshire as well. Akshar is currently playing for Punjab franchise in the Indian T20 League.  Akshar has played 11 T20Is for India, picking 9 wickets at 29.44 average. His First-Class T20 record is much decent enough, 90 wickets from 93 games.

Akshar will replace New Zealand’s Tom Latham in the Durham side, once the latter departs for national duties.

Aiden Markram is Durham’s second overseas player.