Lancashire Cricket has roped in Team India international Shreyas Iyer for the upcoming edition of the Royal London Cup starting from July 22 in Cardiff. The 26-year-old batsman is expected to reach the Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday 15 July ahead of the start of the 50-over tournament and will remain with the Red Rose for the duration of the month-long group stage.
The signing of Shreyas Iyer signals the latest step in Lancashire’s long association with Indian cricket, which stretches back more than 50 years when Indian International wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer joined the county in 1968. Since then, four further Indian Internationals – Murali Kartik, Dinesh Mongia, V.V.S. Laxman and Sourav Ganguly – have represented Lancashire Cricket.
Shreyas Iyer joins Lancashire Cricket
Shreyas Iyer, who is a part of the ODI squad that will take on England scheduled to commence on March 23, expressed excitement about his new association. Iyer also added that he is looking forward to meeting his new teammates and supporters at Lancashire Cricket.
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“Lancashire is a legendary name in English Cricket with a long-standing association with Indian Cricket. I am extremely humbled and honoured to carry the legacy forward of greats like Farokh Engineer, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman at Lancashire.
“Emirates Old Trafford is a world class international stadium and I am looking forward to meeting my teammates and the supporters of the Club,” Shreyas Iyer said to the county’s website.
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Shreyas Iyer has been able to seal a middle-order berth ever since he broke into the squad in the aftermath of the ICC World Cup 2019. He averages just short of 45 in ODI cricket with eight fifties and a century to his name, since debuting in 2017.
After the ODI series between India and England, Iyer will be seen turning up for Delhi Capitals leading them in IPL 2021 which starts from April 9. He will look to continue his stellar run in the marquee league and lead his from the front with the bat.
Lancashire Cricket will kick off their Royal London Cup campaign at home to Sussex on Friday 23 July.