Ajinkya Rahane joins Leicestershire, to play County Championship and One Day Cup | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Former India skipper Ajinkya Rahane has signed with English county side Leicestershire for the second half of the ongoing season.
Rahane will participate in the team’s final five games of the County Championship and play in the One Day Cup, where Leicestershire Foxes are the defending champions.
Rahane, 36, joins Leicestershire to fill in for Wiaan Mulder, who will likely be traveling to the West Indies with the South African team in August.
Rahane has over 26,000 runs across various formats including First-Class, List-A, and T20, boasting 51 hundreds with a top score of an unbeaten 265.
For Team India, Rahane has scored over 8,000 runs, including 15 centuries, with his highest Test score being 188 against New Zealand in 2016.
“I’m really excited to have another opportunity to come to Leicestershire. I’ve built a strong rapport with Claude (Henderson) and Alfonso (Thomas), and I’m looking forward to playing for the Club this summer,” Rahane said in a club statement.
“I followed the team’s results last year and was very impressed with what I saw. I’m hoping to enjoy my cricket and contribute to more success for the Club this season.”
Rahane is expected to arrive in mid-July, with his first contest being away to Notts Outlaws in the One Day Cup on July 24.
“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Ajinkya’s quality to Leicestershire. It was unfortunate that Ajinkya’s schedule didn’t quite work with ours last year. But, it’s a massive boost to have secured his services for the business end of this season,” commented Leicestershire’s Director of Cricket, Claude Henderson.
“He holds immense experience and vital leadership qualities, which will be hugely beneficial to the team alongside his run-scoring ability. Ajinkya’s arrival also presents a fantastic opportunity for our batters to learn from one of the game’s best.”

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