India off-spinner will ply his trade in county cricket in the ongoing season. As per report in ESPNcricinfo, the 30-year old, who has been rested for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, will play for Worcestershire and can be seen in action as early as from August 28 when the county outfit takes on Gloucestershire.
Apart from Ashwin, fast-bowler Ishant Sharma, who has lost his place in the playing eleven, will also play county cricket this season, turning for Warwickshire while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is also in talks with the counties.
Meanwhile, this will be Ashwin’s first county stint and the offs-spinner will be looking to make the most of it. One of the most dangerous bowlers in Indian conditions, Ashwin has not managed to replicate the same performance on overseas tours and playing county cricket will certainly help him to find out the problems. The last time India visited England in 2014, Ashwin had managed just 3 wickets in 2 games before being replaced by Jadeja for the remaining three Tests. Moreover, with India set to visit England next year for a Test series, Ashwin’s performance will be vital in deciding the outcome of the series.
Earlier this year, Cheteshwar Pujara played for Nottinghamshire after the conclusion of the mammoth home season and with the batsman set to return to England following the end of ongoing series in Sri Lanka, Ashwin faces the prospect of playing against his teammate as Worcestershire will take on Nottinghamshire from September 5. Pujara, who scored centuries in the first two Tests against Sri Lanka, continued his red-hot form of the home season in with Nottinghamshire too and scored 223 runs in four matches including a match-winning hundred against Gloucestershire.