Team India fast bowler Ishant Sharma in all expectations is likely to spend his first couple of months of 2018 county season with Sussex. The Board of Control of Cricket in India has given its approval. He will join the club from 4th April and will be staying till 4th June. He will be available for the first fixtures on the Specsavers County Championship. He will also be present in all matches of Sussex Shark’s Royal London One Day Group matches.
The lanky fast bowler will be a major boost to the squad for the Royal London One Day Group. In the absence of Jofra Archer, they will surely be bolstered by the inclusion of Ishant. His stint with Sussex will be his first in the county circuit. “It’s a great honour to represent Sussex CCC, the oldest first-class county, and I am looking forward with excitement to my maiden stint in county cricket.
“I would like to extend a special thanks to Sussex for taking note of my ongoing performances and deeming me suitable for this opportunity. I hope to add value to my time as part of the Sussex family this season,” Ishant was quoted as saying by sussexcricket.co.uk.
Keith Greenfield, Sussex’s Director of Cricket, said, “Securing Ishant’s services has been very important for us. Once Jofra (Archer) and CJ (Chris Jordan) were picked up in the IPL draft, it became crucial to sign an experienced international-quality seam bowler who could provide valuable support and know-how to the rest of the seamers.”
“Ishant has the attributes to be very successful in early season English conditions and a great role model. He fits the bill perfectly and we look forward to welcoming him to Sussex Cricket,” Greenfield further explained.
Former Aussie fast bowler and the head coach of Sussex was pleased to sign Ishant and expressed his happiness. “We’re delighted to secure the services of an experienced and very skillful international seamer. We believe Ishant will fit right into the Sussex dressing room and we are all really looking forward to welcoming him to Hove,” Gillespie said.
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