On Monday, English county Lancashire announced that they have signed the Indian batsman, Shreyas Iyer for the 2021 Royal London Cup. Iyer will be arriving at Old Trafford on July 15 ahead of the start of the 50-over tournament. He will continue his stay with Lancashire 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 Indian cricket has played 21 ODIs and 29 T20Is for his country.
About the signing, Shreyas Iyer said: “Lancashire is a legendary name in English Cricket with a long-standing association with Indian Cricket. I am extremely humbled and honored to carry the legacy forward of greats like Farokh Engineer, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman at Lancashire.”
He further added, “Old Trafford is a world-class international stadium and I am looking forward to meeting my teammates and the supporters of the club.”
Shreyas also had a phenomenal outing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and captained Delhi Capitals to the final last year when he had amassed 519 runs — the fourth highest in the tournament — at a strike rate of 123.
Following the conclusion of the last IPL, Shreyas played in all three matches of India’s 2-1 ODI series victory in Australia and he is part of the ODI squad for the series against England. In ODI, he has maintained an average of 45 with the help of eight fifties and a century to his name since debuting in 2017.
The signing of Shreyas Iyer signals the latest step in Lancashire’s long association with Indian cricket, which stretches back more than 50 years when India wicket-keeper batsman Farokh Engineer joined the county in 1968. He would go on to become a Lancashire legend and currently serving as a vice-president of the club. Since Engineer retired, four other Indian players — Murali Kartik, Dinesh Mongia, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly — have represented Lancashire.