Warwickshire has completed the signing of Hanuma Vihari, and the English side of the county said on Thursday that the all-rounder in India is likely to appear at the start of the championship after six days of quarantine.
Warwickshire hopes the Indian will play in the match next week against Nottinghamshire.
“Hanuma will arrive in the UK this afternoon,” Warwickshire cricket director Paul Farbras said in a press release.
“We hope this gives him time to quarantine for six days and play next week’s game against Trent Bridge in Nottinghamshire, provided he receives negative tests for COVID.”
Vihari was signed by Warwickshire as a cover for Pieter Malan, after the South African faced difficulties in obtaining a visa due to travel restrictions imposed in view of the raging COVID-10 pandemic.
“We are also very grateful to Hanuma for intervening in such a brief notice to cover Peter Malan as we await confirmation of the visa and his safe entry into Britain from South Africa.”
The 27-year-old has scored 624 runs in 12 tests for India with an average of 32 plus, including a staggering one hundred and four and a half centuries.
Vihari’s last trip to India was in the test in Sydney against Australia, where his epic four-hour vigil (23 did not come out), with a torn hamstring along with Ravichandran Ashwin, saved the game for the visiting team.
He returned after intensive rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, but had an indifferent Vijay Hazare trophy for Andra, who scored only half a century and failed to reach double digits in the next five games.
“He is a high quality batsman and an efficient spinner who has been part of two victories in India in Australia. But he is also coming to Warwickshire with an outstanding first class game record and our young batsman will learn a huge amount of play and training with someone of the caliber of Hanuma. “
In first-class cricket, Vihari made 7,094 runs in 90 games, boasting an impressive average of 56.75, while his exclusion won 27 wickets.