WORCESTERSHIRE have signed Indian fast-bowler Navdeep Saini as their second overseas player for the next four County Championship fixtures.

The 30-year-old, who has represented India in all formats, will be available for the Division Two contest with Derbyshire at New Road this Sunday and games with Yorkshire (July 10),  Leicestershire (July 19) and Gloucestershire (July 26). 

Kidderminster Shuttle: Indian fast-bowler Navdeep Saini has signed on a four-match deal with Worcestershire Indian fast-bowler Navdeep Saini has signed on a four-match deal with Worcestershire (Image: Worcestershire CCC)

Saini’s arrival will bolster the bowling unit, which has been affected by Charlie Morris’ retirement due to a knee issue, Josh Tongue’s call-ups to the England squad, and recent injury concerns surrounding Dillon Pennington and Adam Finch.

"He has an impressive track record, having played for India in all formats, and he performed well for Kent last summer, gaining valuable experience of English cricket," said club chairman Paul Pridgeon.

"We felt it was crucial to strengthen our bowling department. With Charlie’s departure, Josh’s involvement with England, and a few injury setbacks, we are entering a crucial phase of the Championship season, where we are in contention at the upper end of the table. Therefore, it was important to have the right numbers and quality."

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Saini has represented India in two Tests, eight ODIs, and 11 T20Is, and he has been a part of the Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Rajasthan Royals squads in the Indian Premier League.

Having taken 174 wickets in 60 first-class matches, Saini made an impressive debut for Kent in 2022, securing match figures of 7-111 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, including 5-72 in the first innings.

"I enjoyed my brief time with Kent and I am excited about a more extended period with Worcestershire," added Saini.

"Hopefully, I can contribute to their promotion push while also continuing to develop my own skills.”

"I am aware that Indian players such as Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan, and Ravichandran Ashwin have previously played for Worcestershire and achieved success.”

"I also aim to make a significant impact and hit the ground running on Sunday."