Essex secure Umesh Yadav signing


Essex is delighted to announce that India seamer Umesh Yadav will join the Club for the final three matches of the 2023 LV= Insurance County Championship.

Yadav, 35, has played 57 Test matches for his country alongside 75 One-Day Internationals and nine T20Is, during which he has taken a combined 288 wickets.

He made his Test debut in a five-wicket victory over the West Indies in Delhi in November 2011, with his most recent appearance in the format coming in June’s World Test Championship Final against Australia at the Oval.

Domestically, he has represented Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy and Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy at first-class level in his homeland, and possesses an overall red-ball bowling average of 29.49.

He will be eligible for selection in home matches against Middlesex and Hampshire, as well as the end of season trip to Northamptonshire.

Upon signing his contract, Yadav said: “I am really pleased to join Essex and make what I hope will be some valuable contributions to the team’s success this year.

“I enjoyed playing in England with Middlesex last season, and it will be good to return and test myself in those conditions again, especially in the midst of a title race.”

Essex Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, added: “Umesh is a superb signing for us, and we all know what he will be able to bring to our attack at a crucial time of the season.

“He is vastly experienced and has taken wickets at the top levels of the game for more than a decade now, so as well as contributing during our run-in, we hope he can pass on some of his wisdom to our young players too.”

Watch Umesh Yadav in action

Umesh will be in action for Essex’s next home match at The Cloud County Ground, taking place on Monday 04 September against Middlesex and tickets for all four days on sale now!

Tickets are still available for this fixture at £14 for Adults, £11 for Students/Young Adults and £5 for Juniors. Tickets rise to £17 for Adults on the gate so make sure you buy in advance to save on your tickets.