Sussex, Lancashire eye ~~Turbanator~~ Harbhajan
Published: Friday, August 2, 2002, 17:16 [IST]
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London: India off spinner Harbhajan Singh is set to have talks with English county Sussex as the ambitious South coast club looks to make him its second overseas player for next season. First Division Sussex is ready to offer Harbhajan, 22, who was left out of India's 170-run first Test defeat against England concluded Monday, a One-year deal. The Hove-based club could face opposition for Harbhajan's signature from Lancashire. It too has expressed interest in having the 'Turbanator' on board if first-class counties ratify proposals to increase the number of overseas players from one to two per club at a meeting on August 12. However, Sussex is due to have talks with Harbhajan later this week before the second Test starts at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on Thursday, August 8. "A look at his record tells you that Harbhajan is a quality performer. He averages nearly five wickets per Test at the moment and is the sort of bowler who is consistently going to get good players out," Sussex captain Chris Adams said. "Our batting unit is already pretty solid, we have depth and talent in seam bowling, but spin is an area where we are deficient and Mark Davis has carried us since Umer Rashid died." Sussex's current overseas player is former Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin. Harbhajan's India teammate Sachin Tendulkar has already been linked with a move to Sussex' first division rivals Hampshire.