Piyush Chawla Keen to Shift to Gujarat in Domestic Circuit
The Men in Blue World-cup winning member and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla is eyeing to make Gujarat as his home base for the next season of the domestic circuit after applying for the Non-Objection Certificate (NOC), from the national cricket body, BCCI.
After lacking the fizz in him, Chawla is aiming to give his best with the ball and is looking forward to joining former teammate RP Singh, who has had opted for the Ahmedabad-based outfit of late.
The member of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) revealed the Ranji side is looking ahead to induct a quality spinner in the side in a bid to strengthen the slow-bowling attack after RP Rising has been playing a dynamic role as a fast bowling spearhead.
“A bowler with close to 400 first class wicket will be an asset for any side and we are confident his arrival will add value to the side,” one of the members of the GCA was quoted as saying by the Ahmedabad Mirror.
On the other side, Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) were unaware about the transfer planning of Chawla, however, the GCA has had been confirmed the news of a migration, according to the Mirror newspaper based out in Ahmedabad.
In the last season, Chawla played two games, as he claimed just two wickets, before being overlooked for the next fixtures of the first-class competition, as he is likely to be cleared soon by the BCCI.
The GCA has further expressed that the side requires a senior specialist who could further nurse the youngsters in the state in a bid to strengthen the bench in the domestic circuit.
Moreover, the reports have suggested a move could be pushed by disciplinary issues taking place in his state side, as a player. The second reason seemed to an emergence of the 23-year-old slow left-arm bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who has played a significant role as a key figure for Uttar Pradesh, before being inducted into the national set-up.
Yadav, who is developing himself as the frontline slow bowler has further made a case tough for the Chawla owing to the competition.
The 28-year-old slow-bowler has been a fine prospect for Uttar Pradesh, as he has bagged 386 wickets in 117 first-class games at the average of 33.69.
Interestingly, the Parthiv Patel-led Gujarat are the defending Ranji Trophy Champions, as the side has already availed the services of the 23-year-old slow left-arm orthodox bowler Axar Patel. After featuring for India in 2006 at international level, Chawla has played 25 One-day Internationals, seven Twenty20 Internationals and three Tests.
The bowler has bagged 43 wickets across all three formats.
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