Somerset sign India leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for remainder of season
Somerset have signed India leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for the rest of the season.
Last Updated: 16/08/13 12:15pm
He is a replacement for Somerset's original choice as overseas player, Abdur Rehman, who has been called up by Pakistan.
Chawla - who has played in three Tests and 25 ODIs for his country - has played county cricket before, having enjoyed a brief spell with Sussex in 2009.
He memorably took eight wickets and smashed an unbeaten century from No 9 in his first match against Worcestershire.
Somerset are hoping to have his visa sorted out in time for the 24-year-old to be available for the County Championship match with Warwickshire on Tuesday.
Somerset director of cricket Dave Nosworthy said: "We are delighted to have signed Piyush Chawla as a replacement for Abdur Rehman, who, as we know, has been called up to represent Pakistan in Zimbabwe.
"It has not been easy to find a replacement at such short notice due to so many players being committed elsewhere in the world.
"However, we have been extremely fortunate to pick up a quality player like PC and are thrilled.
"I have personally worked previously with PC and he has a great work ethic, real skill and I know he will add real value to our team in the last five Championship matches, which we all know are crucial for us."