Out-of-favor Indian batsman Murali Vijay will play for English County team Somerset in the last three championship matches of the season.

The right-hander from Tamil Nadu will replace Pakistani Batsman Azhar Ali.

Somerset County cricket club said in a statement on their website, “We are pleased to be able to announce that Murali Vijay will be joining the club as our overseas player for the final three Specsavers County Championship matches of the season.”

Murali Vijay comes in for Ali, who was recalled by Pakistan earlier this month.

Vijay commented on this development, “I am excited about the challenge of trying to help Somerset push for the County Championship. Somerset has an excellent reputation and I am looking forward to being a part of what of what they are trying to achieve.”

Somerset CCC Director of Cricket Andy Hurry said the club was delighted to have Vijay for the reminder of the championship. He said, “We are delighted to have been able to secure the services of such a high quality player for the reminder of the County Championship. To have signed a player of his class and ability at this stage of the season is real coup.

“He has experience of English conditions, having played in the Championship for Essex last year, and that was extremely important to us when it came to selecting a replacement for Azhar.”


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