<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Virender Sehwag turned down offer to play for Essex: Report" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130818124534.jpg" title="Virender Sehwag turned down offer to play for Essex: Report" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Virender Sehwag (left) used to play for Leicestershire in 2003 © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Mumbai: Aug 18, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Left-out India opener <a href="/tags/Virender-Sehwag/post" target="_blank">Virender Sehwag</a> has apparently turned down the offer to play for Essex, which was <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/India-discard-Gautam-Gambhir-to-play-for-Essex/29977" target="_blank">reportedly later offered</a> to <a href="/tags/Gautam-Gambhir/post" target="_blank">Gautam Gambhir</a>.<br /> <br /> Paul Grayson, head coach of Essex told <em>Asian Age</em>, "Virender Sehwag was not available."<br /> <br /> When asked who Essex’s first preference was, Grayson replied, "That I am not going to disclose."<br /> <br /> However, he added that Essex had the option of selecting only one overseas player.<br /> <br /> Sehwag's coach <a href="/tags/AN-Sharma/post" target="_blank">AN Sharma</a> said, "What I gather is Sehwag was not keen to play. If he chooses to play, any county will welcome him. He has not been able to practice at the academy because of the heavy rains."<br /> <br /> Neither Sehwag nor his wife was available for comments. Sehwag's rejection meant Gambhir will be able to play for the club.<br /> <br /> "We are delighted that Gambhir has agreed to join us for the remainder of the season," said Derek Bowden, <a href="/tags/Essex/post" target="_blank">Essex</a> County Cricket Club chief executive.<br /> <br /> "With regard to player recruitment this determined by our cricket committee following recommendations from the coaching staff and team captain," he concluded.