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Derbyshire have revealed that they are eager to re-sign India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for the 2015 county season after his short but successful stint towards the end of last season.
Pujara only made 7 and 0 against Glamorgan before he heated up and amassed 212 runs in four innings. This included an unbeaten century against Leicestershire and 90 not out against Surrey as Derbyshire went on to win their last two County Championship matches.
“We’ve spoken to Pujara already and he seemed quite keen to come back,” Derbyshire elite performance director Graeme Welch said. “He integrated into the team brilliantly and I think he enjoyed the lads here. He wants to test himself in English conditions, so this is probably the best place for him.”
Even though Pujara has expressed his excitement towards playing for Derbyshire again, it may not be possible for him to do so since the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held in April and May. Following that, India are scheduled to tour Bangladesh in June.
“It’s still up in the air at the moment,” Welch said. “We’ll have to look at their schedule and try and get somebody in for those three months that he isn’t here. There could be a lot of Australians hanging around because they might want to be in the country ahead of the Ashes tour. We just got to keep our ear to the ground and go from there.”