Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav has been announced as the latest member of Middlesex county. He will be available for the remainder of the 2022 season which includes County Championship and One-Day Cup matches.
His first game will be the 4-day match against Worcestershire this week at Merchant Taylors’ School. Umesh’s visa hadn’t been approved and the club had held itself back from announcing the signing for the same reason until Monday morning.
“It was always our intention to have an overseas international bowler with us throughout the season, and since Shaheen (Afridi) returned to Pakistan prior to the start of our Blast campaign, we have 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,” Middlesex’s head of men’s performance cricket Alan Coleman said.
“He’ll be a real handful for opposition batters in English conditions” – Coleman on Umesh Yadav
Umesh has plenty of experience having played for India at the highest level and the 34-year-old will be looking to mingle with his new mates and get into action as quickly as possible.
“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 (he) 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.