Pujara to play for Sussex during English summer

HOVE (England): Out-of-favour India batter Cheteshwar Pujara will be playing for Sussex in the upcoming English county season replacing Australia international Travis Head, the club announced on Thursday.
Pujara, who has been dropped from the Indian Test team after having played 95 games for the country, will compete in both first-class and List A games for Sussex. He has previously played for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire in the English County Championship.
“Following a request by Travis to be released from his contract due to increased international commitments along with the news that he and his partner are expecting their first child, the club have agreed to this and replaced him with Cheteshwar Pujara for the majority of the 2022 season,” the club released a statement.
“Pujara will arrive in time for the first Championship match of the season and remain until at least the end of the RL50 competition (national one-day championship).”
The English county season will start on April 7 and Sussex will play their first match from April 14 against Derbyshire. The season continues till September across formats.
Pujara is not part of India’s current Test squad which is taking on Sri Lanka. His domestic team Saurashtra has not qualified for the knock-outs of Ranji Trophy and he is also without an IPL contract, which means he is free for the entire summer. —PTI

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