Ishant Sharma said he is not playing in County Championship    Getty Images
Ishant Sharma said he is not playing in County Championship Getty Images

Kandy: India pacer Ishant Sharma rubbished reports of him joining English county cricket side Warwickshire, saying he has not signed for any side let alone any one club. “Contrary to the news rounds through various sites, have not signed Warwickshire or any other county,” Ishant, who is part of India’s Test squad in Sri Lanka, tweeted. The 28-year-old has been out of favour in the series which India won 3-0. Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav have been playing ahead of him in the spin-friendly Sri Lankan conditions, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya as the third seaming option. However, Ravichandran Ashwin, who was rumoured to play County Championship, will continue to do so. Watch how Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami made the day for a young ball boy

There were also speculations that Ashwin was given rest for the limited-overs matches because he wanted to play County Championship. Chairman of Secretary, MSK Prasad, cleared the air, saying that is not the reason for him being rested. It was hearsay [that counties had been in touch with players]. Neither the players nor anybody else had intimated officially that they are going for county. Otherwise it is a clear case of resting them. Irrespective of whether they are playing county or not, we are resting them.

Ashwin will represent Glocestershire and will be available from August 28.