Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has been named as Surrey's overseas player for the 2010 season, moving from Sussex after they chose to retain Yasir Arafat.
Chawla deputised for Arafat at Sussex when the Pakistani was called up for national duty and immediately made an impression with a Championship century and eight wickets against Worcestershire and he then returned 11 wickets in a drawn match against Somerset.
Chawla has played two Tests for India and 21 One-Day Internationals and will join up with Surrey after the 2010 Indian Premier League, where he will play for the Kings XI Punjab.
Speaking to the club's official website (www.surreycricket.com), Surrey’s Professional Cricket Manager Chris Adams said: “There were two clear objectives in picking our overseas signing for next season. I wanted the player to be of true International class and I wanted them to be able to commit to spending the vast majority of their season with us – Piyush fulfills both requirements handsomely.
“There is a fine spin tradition at Surrey which runs from Jim Laker and Tony Lock to Ian Salisbury, Harbhajan Singh and Saqlain Mushtaq and I hope our latest arrival will one day take his place alongside those names.”
Managing Director of Surrey Cricket Gus Mackay added: “After the problems we have suffered in the past I am very pleased we can announce the signing of a world-class overseas player so early in our pre-season schedule. The knowledge of this signing will bring a solidity to our preparations that can only be highly beneficial.”
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