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June 25, 2006
Ajit Agarkar, the Indian fast bowler, has joined Sachin Tendulkar at Lashings cricket club in England for a short stint.
The Kent-based club announced the new arrival today: "Just when you thought the Lashings line up couldn't get anymore exciting, Lashings announce that they have also welcomed Ajit Agarkar to the side."
Agarkar has been pencilled in for three matches for Lashing World XI, led by Richie Richardson, the former West Indies batsman. The first, against Surrey's Reigate Priory Cricket Club, was scheduled for today, followed by ones against Middleton Cricket Club and Sutton Valence School.
Agarkar was not included in India's Test side in the West Indies despite a fine display in the preceding five-match one-day series. He previously played for Middlesex in 2004, and had indicated that he was keen to spend time before India's next assignment - a one-day tournament in August-Septemer - playing some form of professional cricket in England.
Tendulkar, who joined Lashings as part of his shoulder rehabilitation, smashed a thrilling century in his debut last week.
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