Team India premier off-spinner in the longest format of the game, Ravichandran Ashwin is expected to be part of the English county side Nottinghamshire in order to prepare himself for the Test series against Windies just aftr the conclusion of the ICC World Cup. The series against Windies will also be part of the inaugural World Test championship.
It is now very clear that the off-spinner will get equipped to English conditions especially with a red cherry. As per reports in the Cricket Country, a senior BCCI functionary close to te development stated that any centrally contracted cricketer will have an automatic right to play county cricket if the county gives an offer to the player.
“Yes, Ashwin will be playing for the Notts this season. The CoA had already made it clear that any centrally contracted cricketer will have automatic rights to play County cricket if that player gets an offer. Ashwin’s deal is almost final and only the CEO needs to sign his NoC,” a senior BCCI functionary said on Sunday.
Ashwin is a world-class bowler without a doubt but his omission from the 2019 World Cup is a surprise for me as I felt the experiencing of playing in England and Wales before could have worked in Ashwin’s favour. However, he has been out of the limited overs team for a long time and doesn’t look certain to make a comeback anytime sooner.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane also signed a deal with Hampshire. Ashwin is expected to play 6 division County Games for Nottinghamshire. The team will be led by England’s premier fast bowler in Tests, Stuart Broad.
It will be the 2nd county stint of Ravichandran Ashwin. He had earlier played 4 gamed for Worcestershire during the season in 2017. Back then he had performed pretty well and bagged 20 wickets in the 4 matches. Besides, he also contributed with the bat with 204 runs.