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Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh secures five-match County Championship deal with Kent

Kent has signed star India seamer Arshdeep Singh for the 2023 County Championship season, the club announced on Friday, March 17. Subject to regulatory permission, the 24-year-old will play five matches for the team as an overseas player.

Kent has signed the third foreign player for the forthcoming season, a young Indian seamer. Together with Arshdeep, George Linde will be seen playing all forms as part of a two-year agreement, while Kane Richardson has also been signed to play in the T20 Blast.

“We’re happy to have a player of Arshdeep’s talent join us for five matches this Summer. He has shown world-class talents with the white ball, and I am convinced he will be able to apply similar qualities with the red ball in the County Championship,” Kent’s Director of Cricket, Paul Downton, was cited as saying by Cricbuzz.

Arshdeep made his international debut against England in Southampton in 2022, swiftly rising through the ranks and being a vital part of the side in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence. After his stunning performances in the Indian Premier League 2021 and 2022, the Madhya Pradesh-born seamer was knocking on selectors’ doors.

With 10 wickets, he was India’s highest wicket-taker in the 2022 T20 World Cup. The left-arm seamer has played 26 T20Is for India, taking 41 wickets at an average of 17.78 and an economy of 8.39. He has also played three One-Day Internationals, but has failed to take a wicket in two innings.

He has also taken 25 wickets in seven first-class matches and will be the fourth Indian player to represent Kent.