Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Piyush Chawla joins Surrey

Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has signed for Surrey as the county's overseas player for 2010.

Chawla enjoyed a successful stint at Sussex this summer, picking up 36 first-class wickets at an average of 27.25.

The 20-year-old made a remarkable impression after arriving at Hove midway through the season, scoring a blistering hundred and taking six wickets in an innings on debut before following up with match figures of 11 for 170 in his next outing.

Chawla, who also played for Sussex in the current Champions League, will join up with the Brown Caps at the conclusion of the Indian Premier League, where he represents the Kings XI Punjab.

Surrey's professional cricket manager Chris Adams said: "There were two clear objectives in picking our overseas signing for next season.

"I wanted the player to be of true international class and I wanted them to be able to commit to spending the vast majority of their season with us; Piyush fulfils both requirements handsomely.

"There is a fine spin tradition at Surrey which runs from Jim Laker and Tony Lock to Ian Salisbury, Harbhajan Singh and Saqlain Mushtaq and I hope our latest arrival will one day take his place alongside those names."

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