Jayant Yadav has joined Middlesex for the final four county games.

Jayant Yadav will play for Middlesex in their final four County games.

Jayant Yadav, an off-spinner all-rounder, is the latest Indian cricketer to have a County stint this season, having been signed by Middlesex for the final four games of the ongoing County Championship season. Sai Sudarsan was signed by Surrey for the red-ball season earlier this week, while Prithvi Shaw had a brief white-ball stint with Northamptonshire before being forced out due to injury.

Yadav will be making his second County appearance after appearing in two games for Warwickshire last season. The 33-year-old has been a productive bowling all-rounder in India’s domestic circuit, where he has excelled for Haryana. Yadav also appeared in a few games for India across formats, though his Test exploits in the 2016-17 season (when he registered) were limited.

Yadav, a tidy off-spinner whose strength is based on accuracy rather than drastic variations, is a valuable asset to have, particularly in the longest format of the game. Alan Coleman, Middlesex’s Director of Cricket, echoed these sentiments in his official response to the news.

“With Pieter Malan returning to South Africa, we wanted to bolster the squad with another quality signing ahead of four crucial matches in September,” Coleman explained. “We believe that spin will be an important factor in September, and the opportunity to sign an international spinner of Jayant’s caliber was too good to pass up.”

“He brings that extra something that you get from an international cricketer, experience, quality, know-how – all of which will be extremely valuable to us in the coming games.” We can’t wait to have him here and wish him the best of luck in the coming month.”

Yadav is clearly excited to be back in County cricket, and with this stint being longer than last year, he is raring to go. “I am honored and thrilled to be joining the prestigious Middlesex County Cricket Club for the upcoming Championship games and contributing to its rich cricketing history.”

“I had a great time playing county cricket last year and am looking forward to the new season with Middlesex and contributing to the Club’s success.”