Australian all-rounder, Mitchell Marsh, is all set to miss the eleventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) as he has signed a signed a deal with Surrey for the full county season. He will be playing as an overseas player for the county.
There are quite a rare cases of players missing the IPL to play county cricket. In fact, England players themselves choose IPL’s lucrative contract, but Marsh has surprised everyone by this decision.
It is to be noted that there will be a mega auction next season and the franchises will be allowed to spend huge bucks to buy players, but Marsh has resisted these deals.
He was a part of Rising Pune Supergiant during IPL 10 but was ruled out before the start of the tournament due to an injury. He was replaced by South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who surprisingly went unsold in the auction.
“The opportunity to challenge myself in English conditions is something I can’t wait for. I have followed the team closely this year and hopefully, I’ll be able to contribute to some silverware, along with helping a young squad grow and improve,” said Marsh after signing the county deal.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli had also indicated playing county cricket when he spoke about the matter during the India-England Test series last year. India is all set to tour Egland next year, and a county stint would help the Indian sipper but look at the schedule of team India, by no means Kohli can make himself available for any county.
After the end of Independence Cup in March, Indian players will be busy playing IPL and will then tour England for a high-class series. The scheduling issues mean that Kohli cannot play county as no franchise would like him to miss him any game.
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However, the unsold players have played county cricket in the past. Recently, Cheteshwar Pujara played county cricket after he went unsold in IPL and then returned for another stint after the end of Sri Lankan series. R Ashwin was also one of the players who played county cricket after being rested from the Indian team.
Ishant Sharma was too in talks for a county stint but was purchased by Kings XI Punjab as a replacement of Murali Vijay, which prevented him from travelling to England.
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