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Ishant awaits BCCI's approval to play for Sussex

IANS  |  London 

English county side on Thursday confirmed the signing of pacer for the first two months of the 2018 season, subject to the Board of Control for in India's (BCCI) approval.

Sharma will be with the club from April 4 to June 4, making him available for Sussex's first five fixtures in the and all eight of Sharks' Royal London One-Day Cup group matches, according to a statement from the club.

Explaining the rationale behind the signing, Sussex's Director of Keith Greenfield said: "Securing Ishant's services has been very important for us. and CJ (Chris Jordan) were picked up in the 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 "

also welcomed the signing saying: "We're delighted to secure the services of an experienced and very skilful international seamer.

"We believe Ishant will fit right into the dressing room and we are all really looking forward to welcoming him to Hove."

After the signing, the 29-year-old Ishant said he was hounoured to make his debut in county

"It's a great honour to represent CCC, the oldest first-class county, and I am looking forward with excitement to my maiden stint in county "

"I would like to extend a special thanks to for taking note of my ongoing performances and deeming me suitable for this opportunity. I hope to add value during my time as part of the family this season," he added.

The Delhi-born pacer made his debut in 2007 and has since played 81 Tests, 80 one-day internationals (ODIs) and 14 T20 internationals (T20Is).

Only three Indian seamers have more wickets than Sharma in Test cricket, with his 234 dismissals making him the ninth most prolific Indian Test bowler overall.

Sharma also has 115 ODI and eight T20I wickets to his name.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 21:10 IST