India batsman Shreyas Iyer will represent Lancashire in the upcoming season of Royal London Cup 2021. Iyer has been a regular face in the Indian limited-overs setup for close to four years. The Mumbai boy came up through the Indian Premier League ranks representing Delhi Capitals.
Iyer will arrive at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday 15 July ahead of the start of the 50 over tournament and will remain with the Red Rose for the duration of the month-long group stage. The top-order batsman is regarded as one of the most attacking and fluent stroke players in the Indian ranks and has played in 50 One-Day and T20 Internationals for his Country.
About the signing, Shreyas said:
“Lancashire is a legendary name in English Cricket with a long-standing association with Indian Cricket. I am extremely humbled and honoured to carry the legacy forward of greats like Farokh Engineer, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman at Lancashire. Old Trafford is a world-class international stadium and I am looking forward to meeting my teammates and the supporters of the club.”
With the signing, Iyer has joined an elite group of cricketers who have played for Lancashire in their careers. The likes of Farokh Engineer, Murali Kartik, Dinesh Mongia, V.V.S. Laxman and Sourav Ganguly have all plied their trade for the county team.
“We’re excited to announce the signing of Indian international batsman @ShreyasIyer15 for this summer’s @RoyalLondonCup,” Lancashire wrote in a Tweet.
Paul Allott, Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, said they were delighted to have Shreyas Iyer on board. Since quite a few Lancashire cricketers might miss the Royal London Cup due to The Hundred, he opined that Shreyas Iyer will help bring some experience into the squad.
“Shreyas is one of the shining lights of a new generation of Indian batsman and a leader, and we’re delighted that an opportunity to bring him to Emirates Old Trafford has presented itself,” said the Lancashire Director.
“With the expectation that we will be fielding a younger side in this year’s Royal London Cup due to the Hundred, it was important that we brought in a top-order batsman with experience at the highest level to enhance our prospects in the tournament,” Allott said.
Lancashire Cricket will begin their Royal London Cp campaign at home against Sussex on July 23.