India Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin Joins English County Yorkshire
Ravichandran Ashwin (© IANS)

India offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin has signed up with Yorkshire Cricket Club for the majority of 2020 English county season. Yorkshire thus becomes Ashwin’s third different county club having earlier represented Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire.

The 33-year-old India Test mainstay will will play a minimum of eight county championship matches for the White Rose after completing his IPL commitments in which he will be turning out for Delhi Capitals.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Yorkshire, a club with a wonderful history and a fantastic fan base,” Ashwin said in a statement. “I think our team looks extremely talented with some superb pace bowlers and exciting batsmen,” Ashwin told the club’s website. Headingley has always been a fantastic venue to play at. People speak about the overhead conditions playing a big part so let’s hope for plenty of sun.”

Ashwin, a spin bowling allrounder, hopes to contribute both with the bat and ball for Yorkshire, a club for which Sachin Tendulkar played during the early part of his international career.

“I love playing First-Class cricket and have enjoyed my two previous spells with Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire. My role will be to score runs and take wickets but it will be a collective effort if we are to win the title,” Ashwin said.

He added, “I feel I have been consistent over a long period of time which has helped my success for India. I know a lot about Yorkshire and to follow in the footsteps of Sachin, who played for the county many years ago is a wonderful feeling for me.”