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Washington Sundar likely to play for Lancashire this season

India allrounder Washington Sundar will probably prove for Lancashire in county cricket this season, topic to health and visa clearance, ESPNcricinfo has learnt.
Washington, 22, could possibly be out there for as much as three County Championship video games, from July, and the complete 50-overs Royal London Cup. He might develop into the second Indian to characteristic in English county cricket this season after Cheteshwar Pujara, who racked up 720 runs in eight innings at a surprising common of 120 for Sussex in division two. Shreyas Iyer had signed up as Lancashire’s abroad participant for the Royal London Cup in 2021 however needed to finally pull out due to a shoulder harm.
Lancashire are presently third on the County Championship division one factors desk, behind Surrey and Hampshire, with 108 factors. They’ll resume red-ball cricket with a conflict in opposition to Gloucestershire from June 26 after their Vitality Blast T20 video games.
Washington is working his means again from a hand harm on the Nationwide Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The red-ball video games in England will probably be Washington’s first since he sustained a finger harm whereas enjoying a three-day tour sport in opposition to a County Choose XI in Chester-le-Road in July 2021. The harm had sidelined him from that England tour and the second leg of IPL 2021.

Washington has suffered a number of setbacks due to harm and sickness since final yr. He was lined as much as return to motion for his state facet Tamil Nadu within the 20-overs Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, however it’s understood that the Indian group administration had then warned Tamil Nadu in opposition to dashing him again into motion.

He then made a profitable return within the 50-overs Vijay Hazare Trophy, taking 16 wickets in eight video games at an economic system fee of 4.77 in Tamil Nadu’s run to the ultimate. It paved the way in which for his India white-ball return, for a three-match ODI collection in South Africa, however he needed to miss that after testing optimistic for Covid-19.
Washington marked his comeback with all-round contributions at dwelling within the ODI collection in opposition to West Indies, however that was short-lived, too, as he sustained a hamstring harm forward of the T20Is.
Extra just lately in IPL 2022, he harm his webbing twice and performed simply 9 video games for Sunrisers Hyderabad, scoring 101 runs and claiming six wickets. The franchise’s head coach Tom Moody identified that the accidents to Washington and T Natarajan shook up the steadiness of the XI.

Washington’s Lancashire gig will conflict with the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), which kicks off on June 23 in Tirunelveli. Washington is with Salem Spartans within the TNPL, however it’s understood that he didn’t participate within the facet’s preparatory camp in Chennai.

The red-ball video games for Lancashire could possibly be Washington’s alternative to show his type and health. Whereas talking on ESPNcricinfo’s evaluation present T20 Time:Out through the IPL, Ravi Shastri, the previous India coach, talked up Washington as a future all-format allrounder for India.

“He’s going to be considered one of India’s main allrounders,” Shastri had mentioned. “He’s the longer term. You will have [Ravindra] Jadeja right now. Three years down the road, if Jadeja continues to be match, he’ll play. There’s Axar [Patel] round. However this man is your premier allrounder throughout all three codecs of the sport. Hear what I’m saying. Three codecs of the sport.

“This man is a critical cricketer. He’s nonetheless very younger, he has received to grasp his personal sport, how good a participant he’s. Shot choice will come, particularly for the white-ball format. [If he] works on his health so that he’s not injury-prone, India have gotten a critical cricketer in him. Throughout all codecs of the sport. I believe it’s as much as him actually to do the exhausting yards on health. No excuse. He cannot rely upon X, Y, Z. He has to have a look at himself within the mirror and say I wish to work exhausting and I wish to be the main allrounder in Indian cricket over the following three years. And he can do it. Straightforward.”

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