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Gloucestershire sign Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara

Pujara is currently seventh in the ICC Test Batting rankings. Credit: Gloucestershire County Cricket

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club have announced the signing of India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for the first six matches of the County Championship.

Pujara is currently seventh in the ICC Test Batting rankings, sitting only two points behind Australia’s David Warner.

The club say they believe he will bring experience to the side who will be playing in Division One of the County for the first time in a decade.

I am really excited to get the opportunity to represent Gloucestershire this season. The club has a rich cricketing history, and this is a great opportunity to be apart of it and contribute to its success.

I am grateful to the club for giving me this opportunity and cannot wait to get to Bristol to meet my teammates and score some runs. I have really enjoyed the experience of coming over to the UK and playing county cricket over the last few years and I am looking forward to building on that while improving my game.

– Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar is a player with great temperament who will add international experience to the squad. He is undoubtedly one of the best batsmen in world cricket and we are very fortunate to have him in our squad for the start of the County Championship campaign.

Adding Pujara to a strong batting line-up gives me great confidence ahead of our opening County Championship matches.

– Richard Dawson, Gloucestershire Head Coach

Pujara is the first Indian player to play for Gloucestershire since Javagal Srinath in 1995.

He will join the squad ahead of the opening County Championship match against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley on Sunday 12 April.