India fast bowler Arshdeep Singh, who to date has played seven first-class matches in his career, has taken a significant step in his development as a red-ball bowler by signing up with Kent for the upcoming County season.
The 24-year-old, who represents Punjab in the Ranji Trophy, will be available for up to five division one championship matches this season between June and July. Arshdeep incidentally has followed the footsteps of his head coach Rahul Dravid, who during his playing days represented Kent.
“I am excited to play red-ball cricket in England and continue to improve my skills in the first-class game,” Kent quoted Arshdeep as saying.
“I look forward to performing in front of Kent’s Members and supporters; Rahul Dravid has already told me it is a Club with a great history.”
Arshdeep is the second Indian overseas bowler Kent are welcoming in as many years, following Navdeep Saini’s successful stint in the 2022 season, and Director of Cricket Paul Downton stated that the club are ‘delighted’ to have secured the services of the promising 24-year-old.
“We’re delighted to have a player of Arshdeep’s potential join us for five matches this Summer,” Downton said.
“He has demonstrated that he has world class skills with the white ball, and I am very confident he will be able to put those skills to good use with the red ball in the County Championship.”
Should Arshdeep go on to play all five matches, it will prove to be his longest ever stretch of games in red-ball cricket. The left-armer has only played four first-class matches since the start of 2022 and has, in his career, never played more than three red-ball matches in a calendar year.