New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi has been signed for this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) by the Rajasthan Royals as replacement player.
Sodhi has been called up to the Royals’ squad to replace the injured wristspinner Zahir Khan from Afghanistan.
It will be Sodhi’s first stint in the IPL but he has excelled in India before, helping the Kiwis to the semi-finals where they lost to tournament runner-up England.
The leg-spinner has played in 92 T20 matches around the world and taken 102 wickets at an economy of 7.66 runs per over.
Sodhi’s call-up is one of a number of overseas players that have been named as replacements recently.
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
Clare Connor suggested England are considering hosting a Women’s Tri-Series also involving India and South Africa.
The designated bowlers, whose identitites have not been confirmed, will have their temperatures checked.
The ECB had planned to introduce 40 professional contracts this summer across eight regional hubs.
County are waiting on a decision.