India international Stuart Binny will ply his trade for Nagaland in the upcoming BCCI domestic season. The Karnataka all-rounder had obtained a no-objection certificate from his State association to be available for a new side.

After several discussions, Nagaland roped in Binny.

“We have finalised three players for the senior team. Stuart Binny, Yogesh Takawale and Shrikant Mundhe from Maharashtra. We had requested him to play for us and we got him,” P. Bendang Jamir, selector and vice-president of Nagaland Cricket Association, confirmed the development to Sportstar on Saturday.

Binny is expected to join Nagaland’s pre-season camp at the Sovima Cricket Ground in Dimapur by September 10.

“We wanted a big name to come down and mentor the boys so that they can learn from someone. Binny was excited right from the word go,” NCA joint secretary A. Rahman explained the idea behind the grand selection.

“When we had released the outstation players from last season, we wanted to have somebody with experience. Along with that, we have a good balance in wicketkeeper-batsman Takawale and medium-pacer Mundhe. We have also groomed our local players Imliwati Lemtur, Tahmeed Rahman, Sedezhalie Rupreo,” he said.

Nagaland is also blessed to have a local player in another Bengaluru-based cricketer, Rongsen Jonathan, who was born in Mokokchung. The 32-year-old led Bengaluru Blasters in the 2019 edition of Karnataka Premier League. He strengthens the middle-order.