Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin is set to play for the Division 2 County side Worcestershire for the rest of the County Championship season.
The 30-year-old, who was not picked for the upcoming limited overs series against Sri Lanka, is likely to play his first county game on August 28, when Worcestershire take on Gloucestershire at New Road. The #2 ranked Test bowler was called up as replacement for Australian seamer John Hastings, who was ruled out of the remainder of the season with a foot injury.
“Ravi is a fantastic international cricketer who is currently in terrific form with his game,” Steve Rhodes, the County’s Director of Cricket, said.
“He is ranked in the top three as a bowler in Test cricket, is a wonderful all-rounder who can bat six and scores hundreds in Test cricket.
“It is unlucky for John Hastings with his injury but Ravi is a wonderful cricketer for us to have at a crucial point in our season.
“It is a really important last few games for the club and to have someone of his ilk and class and quality is a huge boost for the Club. The good thing about Ravi is he has been successful on all types of pitches in all sorts of different continents. He is a class bowler who will bowl well here,” Rhodes added.
Worcestershire are currently placed second in the league, occupying the last spot for promotion to the first division, 15 points clear of third-placed Northamptonshire. They will be hoping that Ashwin’s expertise will help them cement the move to the top division in the remaining four games.