Varun Aaron signs for Leicestershire

The Jharkhand pacer, who is gunning for an international comeback, will look to use the opportunity to bounce back into the selectors' books as India will tour England later this year.

A string of good performances in the county can help Varun Aaron return to the Indian team that will tour England later this year.   -  AFP

Speedster Varun Aaron, who missed the Indian Premier League bus this time, signed for English county side Leicestershire for the upcoming season. The nine-Test old bowler — who was a part of the Indian side that toured England in 2014 — has earlier played with Durham.

Aaron has been called up as cover for Pakistan pacer Muhammad Abbas, as Sohail Khan is unavailable after picking up an injury.

He will be a part of the Specsavers County Championship games and fixtures in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

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“I got a call five days ago from Leicestershire saying that one of their bowlers might be injured. So, they were looking at me. They took a fitness test and it turned out he wasn’t fit. I had a chat with Paul Nixon, the coach, and that’s how the process started,” Aaron told Sportstar on Monday.

Aaron will be joining the Foxes’ camp from April 24. “I will be playing around 13 games in a span of 40 to 44 days. There will be eight limited-overs games for now, leading up to the three county games,” added the 28-year-old.

As India will tour England in July, the county stint could perhaps be the best platform for Aaron to stage a comeback. “I am highly motivated to play for India and if you get an opportunity like this, before the team tours England, it is the best thing I could have asked for,” added Aaron, who recently made slight adjustments to his bowling action at the MRF Pace Academy here.

Aaron is now back to Bengaluru, his base, to finish the last leg of his training. “I am trying to get in touch with S. S. Rao (former Jharkhand bowler) to help me out with a few things before I fly to the UK,” he revealed.