County News December 1, 2005

Mongia returns to Leicestershire

Cricinfo staff

Dinesh Mongia is looking for more consistency in his game for 2006 © Getty Images
Dinesh Mongia has agreed to return to Leicestershire for another season in 2006, in a bid to reclaim his spot in the Indian one-day squad. Mongia joins Asif Mohammad, the Pakistani fast bowler, who signed for the club yesterday.

"I was a part of India's World Cup squad when we reached the final in 2003 and hope to be involved again next time," Mongia, who is currently captaining Punjab back home in India, told BBC Sport. "Achieving consistency is undoubtedly my number one objective next summer, particularly in the Championship."

Mongia performed reasonably well last summer - averaging just over 40 and accumulating 684 first-class runs - but his best performances came in the Totesport League where he made significant contributions with bat and ball as Leicestershire fell agonisingly short in their bid for promotion from the second division.

"There is no doubt that he is a very talented cricketer with considerable international experience," said Leicestershire chairman Neil Davidson. "And he has made it very clear to us that he wants to make more of an impact next season."