Essex have signed up Indian pacer Umesh Yadav for the last three games of the ongoing County Championship season.
Yadav, 35, has played 57 Tests for India beside 75 ODIs and nine T20Is, with a combined 288 wickets across formats.
Last year, Yadav had represented Middlesex in County Championship season.
The pacer however, hasn’t played competitive cricket since featuring in the 2023 World Test Championship (WTC) Final against Australia at The Oval in June.
After the signing, Umesh will be available for the games against Middlesex, Hampshire and Northamptonshire in the County circuit.
“I am really pleased to join Essex and make what I hope will be some valuable contributions to the team’s success this year. I enjoyed playing in England with Middlesex last season, and it will be good to return and test myself in those conditions again, especially in the midst of a title race,” said Umesh on signing up with Essex.
In domestic cricket, Yadav plays for Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy and Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy at the first-class level and possesses an overall red-ball bowling average of 29.49.
Apart from him, Cheteshwar Pujara and Jaydev Unadkat are playing for Sussex in Division Two of the County Championship. Essex are currently in second place in the Division One table with 166 points from 11 games and are 17 points behind Surrey in the race for the county title.
“Umesh is a superb signing for us, and we all know what he will be able to bring to our attack at a crucial time of the season. He is vastly experienced and has taken wickets at the top levels of the game for more than a decade now, so as well as contributing during our run-in, we hope he can pass on some of his wisdom to our young players too,” said Anthony McGrath, Essex head coach.