Middlesex Cricket has recruited veteran Indian bowler Umesh Yadav for the remainder of the 2022 county campaign. The team waited to announce Yadav’s participation until he received word that his passport had been approved. He was previously left out of the team for their next match against Worcestershire, which is slated to take place next week at Merchant Taylors’ School, but according to the latest events, he can now play for Middlesex.
The move has been completed, and Yadav has been properly designated with the ECB, as confirmed by the team on Monday. As a result, Yadav has been included in Middlesex’s team for this week’s encounter. Yadav will be able to participate for the side in both First-Class and List-A formats for the remaining time span of the year, adding substantially to Middlesex’s County Championship and Royal London Cup campaigns.
“It was always our intention to have an overseas international bowler with us throughout the duration of the season, and since Shaheen returned to Pakistan prior to the start of our Blast campaign we’ve been looking for the right player to replace him. Yadav is that man. He comes to us with a wealth of experience, he is a proven world-class performer, and can not only make a huge difference himself for the remainder of our Championship campaign and to our prospects in the Royal London Cup but will also be a fantastic role model for our younger bowlers to work alongside,” said Alan Coleman, Middlesex’s Head of Men’s Performance Cricket.
We Are Delighted to Welcome Umesh Yadav to Middlesex: Alan Coleman
Yadav has been a consistent competitor for India in international competition. The 34-year-old pace bowler has played 134 games for India, taking 273 wickets in 52 Tests, 77 One-Day Internationals, and seven International T20 games. His professional wicket total surpasses 650 across all 3 different formats, with his best international outing for India being 6/88 against the West Indies in 2018.
“As a bowler, he offers a huge amount. He delivers the ball from wide of the crease, can move the ball both ways, regularly tops 140 kph, and possesses a vicious short ball, so will be a real handful for opposition batters in English conditions. We are delighted to welcome Umesh to Middlesex and wish him every success during his stay with the Club,” Coleman added.