In a pleasant turn of events Indian stars like Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, and Prasidh Krishna have been added to the Leicestershire county team for the four-day warm-up match against India begins at the Grace Road ground in Leicester from June 23.
Leicestershire County Cricket Club (LCCC) confirmed on June 22, on the eve of the match that the Indian stars have been added to their XI in order to provide match practice for all the visiting team members ahead of the fifth Test between England and India which will be played in Edgbaston from July 1 onwards.
India Superstars Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah And Prasidh Krishna To Play For Leicestershire
The Indian players will be turning up for the rival team under county skipper Sam Evans in what has been a pre-match arrangement between BCCI, ECB, and the LCCC.
All the Indian players, barring Virat Kohli, were present for the net practice at the Uptonsteel County Ground in Leicester including the likes of captain Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur.
“Leicestershire CCC will welcome members from the India touring party into their side for tomorrow’s four-day tour match at Uptonsteel County Ground. India superstars Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna will all team up with the Leicestershire squad, captained by opening batsman Sam Evans. LCCC, BCCI and the ECB have all agreed to allow the four players from the visiting camp to be part of the Running Foxes side, in order to allow all members of the travelling party to participate in the fixture (subject to fitness),” the LCCC said in a statement.
“The match will be played with 13 players per side to provide further flexibility and help manage bowling workloads,” the statement added. The other players in the LCCC ranks, apart from Evans, Pujara, Pant, Bumrah and Prasidh are, Rehan Ahmed, Sam Bates (wk), Nat Bowley, Will Davis, Joey Evison, Louis Kimber, Abi Sakande and Roman Walker,” they added.
India’s selectors have named Navdeep Saini, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Simarjeet Singh as the net bowlers for the tour.
Squads for the warmup match:
India: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
Leicestershire CCC: Sam Evans (Capt), Rehan Ahmed, Sam Bates (wk), Nat Bowley, Will Davis, Joey Evison, Louis Kimber, Abi Sakande, Roman Walker, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna.