Chawla is waiting for his visa to join Somerset at the earliest, the club said on its website. "Piyush Chawla will be joining Somerset as their overseas player for the latter part of the 2013 season. The only matter that is currently holding up his arrival is the issuing of his Visa in India. It is hoped that this matter will be concluded shortly," Somerset CC said.
Chawla, who was part of India's World Cup winning team in 2011, has played 3 Tests, 25 ODIs and 7 T20Is. The 24-year-old has not played a ODI since the World Cup but was part of the Test team in December, 2012.
In 2009, Chawla had played for Sussex. He said he was delighted to join Somerset. "I am delighted to get the chance to play county cricket for Somerset. I have heard a lot about Somerset and I look forward to taking as many wickets as I can for the County during my stay with them," Chawla was quoted as saying on Somerset website.
Director of Cricket, Somerset, Dave Nosworthy said: "We are delighted to have signed Piyush Chawla as a replacement for Abdur Rehman whom 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 and the last five Championship matches which we all know are crucial for us."
Chawla, is expected to make his debut in the Warwickshire match starting on August 20, Visa permitting, and will remain with the County until the end of the season, Somerset said.