Indian middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will join Nottinghamshire later this month. He will replace Australian fast bowler James Pattinson, the English county said on Thursday. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020: Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari to Join Rest of Squad in Dubai
With Pattinson is about to play for Australia in the Champions Trophy, Pujara will play County Championship matches. Also Read - IPL 2020: 'Surface Doesn't Matter', Mahela Jayawardene Won't Change Mumbai Indians' Pace-Heavy Bowling Attack
Pujara will play in two games against Gloucestershire and one each against Glamorgan and Derbyshire – one of his former teams. The Indian batsman has an average of 51.31 in Test cricket. Also read: ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Committee of Administrators tells BCCI to announce squad ‘immediately’ Also Read - IPL 2020: Rohit Sharma Names James Pattinson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan to Replace Lasith Malinga in MI
“I’m ready for it. I’m already working on my skills and preparing for competitive cricket,” Pujara, 29, said in a press release.
“I love playing county cricket and Trent Bridge is a great venue. I’m really looking forward to my first experience there as a home player.”
Pattinson has taken 20 wickets in three four-day matches since joining, at an average of 11.15. Director of Cricket Mick Newell said Pattinson’s replacement did not have to be a bowler. Also read: In-form Gautam Gambhir deserves place in Champions Trophy squad: Sourav Ganguly
He added: “We have depth in our squad with regards bowling and – particularly as we’ll be without Alex Hales during that period – we’re more than happy to welcome a world-class batsman to the club.”
The Indian batsman’s earlier played for Derbyshire and Yorkshire in England which saw him accumulate 483 runs at an average of 54 for
“I love playing county cricket and Trent Bridge is a great venue. I’m really looking forward to my first experience there as a home player,” Pujara added.
The Champions Trophy takes place between 1 and 18 June in England and Wales.