County news August 15, 2013

Somerset eye up deal for Chawla


Somerset have agreed terms with Indian legspinner Piyush Chawla with a view to him joining the club for the rest of the season.

The BCCI have provided the requisite No Objection Certificate but Chawla has yet to gain the necessary visa. Somerset are understood to have contingency plans should the visa issue further delay Chawla's arrival.

They were hoping to have him available for the next County Championship game which starts on August 20 at Edgbaston.

Somerset, who were second in the Championship in 2012, are currently up to their necks in relegation trouble. With five games left, they currently sit seventh in the Division One table, eight points ahead of Surrey, in eighth, but having played a game more.

Surrey have just strengthened their squad for the rest of the season with the signing of prolific South African batsman Hashim Amla.

Somerset had originally signed Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who played for them with success in 2012, but he was obliged to pull out of the deal when he was named in the Pakistan squad to play Zimbabwe.

24-year-old Chawla played the last of his three Tests, against England in Nagpur, in December. He has previously represented Sussex in county cricket in 2009, where he took 36 wickets at 27.25.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jay on August 18, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    @JG2704: You are comparing apples to oranges. Amla is a batsman and Chawla is a bowler, DUH ! Besides, Chawla is better than most local spinners available in England. So go figure that out. Also, he's had a pretty good Ranji season this year. I follow Indian domestic cricket so I know that. How many of the critics here actually follow Ranji cricket ? Next to none.

  • John on August 16, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @gsingh7 on (August 16, 2013, 7:48 GMT) Oh dear. I was kind of hoping he'd do well for Somerset but after your prediction (judging by the success rate of most of your predictions re series Eng have been involved in) I'm now having further doubts

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Oh dear,time for Waller to move on if he wants to progress his cricketing skills,Somerset only seen to care about overseas spinners!

  • gurinder on August 16, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    good for chawla . some of the doubters dont know tthat he has a lot of variations which cud bamboozle the best of batsmen at times. also some wanted ashwin to increase spin class in their teams but they should know this that bcci have never allowed its best spinners and current players to play in domestic tournaments outside india. its rare occasion that gambhir and chawla have got noc from bcci cause they are not even part for india A team.chawla will take wickets at an average of 20-25 ,that i predict

  • John on August 16, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    @Joost Kroesen on (August 16, 2013, 6:58 GMT) I think one reason folk are being so negative is that they see relegation rivals Surrey signing the number 1 batsman in the world playing for the best country in the world (by a distance) and Somerset's best option is signing a guy who has taken 7 wickets in 3 tests (all at home) at an average of 38. It may turn out that if we have this newly predicted 2nd heatwave and dry pitches , an inspired signing but compared to the signing of Amla .....

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    I dont know why people are so negative about this signing... I mean, none of the other test nations are gonna allow their top spinner to play a bit of county cricket.. A guy like Ashwin would never be allowed by india to play! If you take a look at Chawlas 1st class stats, they are quite good, 300+ wickets in 80 matches and a batting average of 31 as well..

  • GAURAV on August 16, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    cant believe that life is fair .piyush chawla's name still appears on a cricket website. gavaskar's words reminds me of his bowling.and can surely tell you were not nice words at all...............

  • $$ milind on August 16, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    They could have gone in for Amit Mishra, but Mishra as we know is gonna be playing the upcoming Champions League T20 ..... So its a decent choice. Chawla does have experience in County Cricket having played for Sussex as well. Not at all a bad choice I guess

  • John on August 15, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    I wonder if this shows the difference in ambition between Somerset and relegation rivals Surrey?Surrey get the world's number 1 batsman and we get a fringe international bowler. Maybe we've had our fingers burnt too many times and we've gone for availability over class. I wonder if this indicates that we don't have the greatest of confidence in Dockrell or if we think that at this time of year it would be good to twin him with George in the CC and Max in the YB40 - if we stay involved in that? Also wonder what the contingency plan is if Chawla is the main target? Finally , I think Somerset's batting (despite on paper looking strong) needs strengthening more than the bowling

  • Mark on August 15, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    FFS. Well, it'll be good to see you other div2 teams next year. Best of luck. I swear Dave Noswirthy is the worst thing to happen to a cricket club... uh... ever. I've been pretty positive about this season so far but this is the final straw. Piyush Chawla will not keep us up, very average player with a very average record. I hope Nosworthy gets fired after this season, and that is not something I say lightly.

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