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Snubbed for World Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal to play for Kent in County cricket | Cricket News – Times of India



MUMBAI: Snubbed by the national selectors from the 15-man squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup in India which was announced on Tuesday, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will turn out for Kent for what would be his maiden stint in County cricket, TOI has learnt.
“The Kent County Cricket Club will make an official announcement regarding this development soon. Chahal will play three four-day games for them. The BCCI has granted NOC to him to play County cricket. Should he be a requirement for the India team, Chahal will join the national squad immediately,” said a source in the BCCI.
Chahal has only played 2 ODIs in 2023 and has picked up 3 wickets. The 33-year-old has taken 121 wickets in 72 ODIs @27.13, and 96 scalps in 80 T20Is @25.09. Speaking to TOI, Chahal hoped it won’t be too long before he would be back in the Indian team. “Naturally, it is very disappointing to miss out any selection for India. As a cricketer we must accept that some things don’t always go our way. I must continue to try my best and hopefully my performances will justify selection again for India,” Chahal told this paper.
Chahal was grateful to the CEO of Zestige Private Healthcare, Brindon Bagirathan, who is well-connected in the cricket world as he helped Chahal secure the county opportunity, “Rahul Dravid Sir speaks so highly of his time in County cricket. I really wanted to play (in County cricket). I cannot explain how grateful I am of my good friend Brindon who helped me in such short notice,” said the leggie.
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