Cheteshwar Pujara is now named as Sussex’s overseas hitter for the 2018 County Championship and One-Day Cup seasons. Travis Head has requested to release him from his contract due to greater international commitments and his partner expecting their first child.
Therefore the Indian Test batter, who just lost his spot for the home fixtures against Sri Lanka, is pulled in as a substitute.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who played for Chennai Super Kings in last year’s IPL, was left unsigned this time around. Therefore, he will be available to join Sussex in time for the first County game of the season. The game will be against Nottinghamshire at home on April 7 – as well as the 50-over domestic championship.
Statement by Pujara
Pujara said he is in wonder and delighted to be a part of the famous Sussex County Cricket Club this season. He is happy to join the Sussex family and be a part of the club’s historic cricketing tradition. He has always liked my time in the UK playing county cricket, Cheteshwar Pujara said.
He is also looking forward to starting a new term with the club and contributing to its success.
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Josh Philippe picked alongside Cheteshwar Pujara
Josh Philippe, the Australian wicketkeeper-batter is roped into Sussex alongside Cheteshwar Pujara. This is to ensure that the county club has the strongest squad for the upcoming fixtures.
Philippe said that he is happy to join Sussex for the T20 Blast and the County Championship. He also addressed that it is a great opportunity to play in England with a young and talented squad.
The Pakistan-West Indies one-day series is now rescheduled to early June. Mohammad Rizwan will be available for the early part of the Sussex County season in April, as well as at least eight of the T20 Blast group matches.
Rizwan is anticipated to arrive in time for the Championship’s second round, which begins on April 14.