Sussex have announced the signing of Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla on a short-term deal as a replacement for Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat.
Chawla will play for Sussex until the end of June, when Arafat is due to return from ICC World Twenty20 duty although it is possible he could be away from Sussex in July and August when Pakistan tour Sri Lanka.
Chawla has played two Tests, 21 One Day Internationals and was part of the Indian Twenty20 International squad that won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 while he has also played for the Kings XI Punjab in both editions of the Indian Premier League.
Mark Robinson, Professional Cricket Manager, said: “We’ve been looking for a bowler who can potentially change the course of a game and we’re sure Piyush will fit the bill. Leg-spinners have proven success not only at our club, but in county cricket across the board. We’re looking forward to him joining us.”
Chawla went straight into the squad to face Worcestershire in an LV County Championship match against Worcestershire at New Road which begins today.
Sussex (from): Ragheb Aga, Piyush Chawla, Corey Collymore, Murray Goodwin, Andrew Hodd, Ed Joyce, James Kirtley, Robin Martin-Jenkins, Chris Nash, Matthew Prior, Olly Rayner, Dwayne Smith, Mike Yardy (captain)
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