Ishant awaits BCCI's approval to play for Sussex
London, Feb 15 - English county side Sussex on Thursday confirmed the signing of India pacer Ishant Sharma for the first two months of the 2018 season, subject to the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) approval.
Sharma will be with the club from April 4 to June 4, making him available for Sussex's first five fixtures in the Specsavers County Championship and all eight of Sussex Sharks' Royal London One-Day Cup group matches, according to a statement from the club.
Explaining the rationale behind the signing, Sussex's Director of Cricket Keith Greenfield said: "Securing Ishant's services has been very important for us. Once Jofra (Archer) and CJ (Chris Jordan) were picked up in the IPL draft, it became crucial to sign an experienced international-quality seam bowler who could provide valuable support and know-how to the rest of the seamers.
"Ishant has the attributes to be very successful in early season English conditions and a great role model. He fits the bill perfectly and we look forward to welcoming him to Sussex Cricket."
Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie also welcomed the signing saying: "We're delighted to secure the services of an experienced and very skilful international seamer.