County news July 3, 2012

Essex complete Harbhajan deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Essex have confirmed the signing of Harbhajan Singh, the India offspinner, for the second half of the domestic season. As ESPNcricinfo reported last month, Harbhajan will be available from the resumption of the County Championship beginning with the match against Gloucestershire on July 11, subject to his visa coming through in time.

Paul Grayson, the Essex head coach, said: "We are delighted to have signed one of the best spinners in world cricket over the last 10 years or so. Harbhajan is a great character who is a match-winner and I believe that his winning mentality will rub off on the rest of the playing squad here at Essex.

"I am really excited at the prospect of having him in the squad and this signing for the second half of the season shows that Essex mean business and will continue to fight in the LV County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40 formats of the game."

Essex will be Harbhajan's second county after previous spells with Surrey, where he collected 57 first-class wickets at 21.10 across two separate stints in 2005 and 2007. Harbhajan has been out of favour with the India selectors since being injured on last year's tour to England and has been replaced in the spin department by R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha. India are due to name a one-day squad shortly for their tour of Sri Lanka.

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  • Deepak on July 4, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Guess who is talking about the quality of spinners?? Good ol' Aussies who don't have one spinner that can match the part-time spinners of India.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    while harbhajan has been woefully out of form, i wouldn't write him off yet, primarily because the spinners that came after he was dropped haven't fared much better either, harbhajan plays with a lot of fire in his belly, and hopefully he can perform well and earns a recall, it will be good for indian cricket as i don't see ashwin and ojha as wicket taking spinners in the long format of the game, and with a hectic schedule at home, it would be nice to see harbhajan making a comeback in the indian squad by performing in county cricket

  • gopa on July 4, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    i agree to some one saying in the above that some of our young batsmans should be sent to england and make them play in the county and make them adapt to those conditions on their own. they will understand how to take care of themselves and also concentrate on what they are doing. but its a good initiative to send bhajji as he is out form he can be match fit for the coming season in india. hope bcci does something to the curent lot of youngsters by sending them to england to play more county games.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    An Australian fan calling an out of form Indian spinner 'sub-standard' when his team's spinners don't even have the skills to take wickets against teams like West Indies. Wow!

  • Karandeep on July 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    As a batsmen only he is good enough for Essex for the CB40.

  • sam on July 4, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    I would have rather have Ojha and Ashwin play in England rather than Bhajji. Come to think of it, it would have been better if Virat, Rohit, Pujara and Rahane were all playing county cricket in England (rather than playing meaningless ODI series in Sri Lanka). It's the youngsters that need improvement.

  • Manjunath on July 4, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Hope Harbhajan will get his second birth... He is a figher and he will get his top spinner back...

  • Jay on July 4, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Well he's better than most of your nation's spinners !!! Pray that Australia don't get hammered by England in the current ODI series. Coming to the point, Bhajji shouldn't have signed with a mediocre team like Essex. How about one of the other bigger names ? any of the 'shires' will do.

  • Baundule on July 4, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Bad buy. Bhajji is an excellent bowler; but recently he has been out of form.

  • Arulprakash on July 4, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    he is hopeless in English conditions

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