Aaron wants county chance

  • Last Updated: August 24 2014, 14:07 BST

India paceman Varun Aaron would love to follow compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara into the English county game, and hopes his domestic commitments do not hamper that dream.

Varun Aaron: Would like to play county cricket to improve his game
Varun Aaron: Would like to play county cricket to improve his game

Aaron rose to prominence for India during their miserable series in England recently, picking up three wickets in his first appearance at Old Trafford, where he also famously broke Stuart Broad's nose with a bouncer that went through the helmet.

The right-armer, who made his Test debut in 2011 but has battled several injury woes, ended the series with figures of five for 250 in two matches, but the 3-1 defeat prompted thoughts of India's stars getting county games under their belt in a bid to improve in overseas conditions.

Captain MS Dhoni appeared in favour of the same and Pujara kick-started that trend on Saturday, penning a deal with Derbyshire as an overseas player for the final four weeks of the LV= County Championship season.

Aaron himself played against Derbyshire and Leicestershire during India's pre-Test warm-ups and is eager for one of the counties to snap him up as well.

"Playing county cricket is one of those things that is high on my priority list," Aaron said.

"The cricket in England is very competitive because the conditions don't favour either the batsmen or bowlers too much.

"It's just that we've got such a busy schedule, so it's difficult for me to slot in a stint with a county.

"But if we have an early IPL next time, then I would definitely look forward to playing county cricket, at least for half a season."

Aaron is well aware of the names that have previously graced the county game, most notably Sachin Tendulkar who became Yorkshire's first overseas player ever in 1992.

More recently, India spinner Murali Karthik has enjoyed a fruitful time in England with spells at Lancashire, Middlesex, Somerset and Surrey, racking up more than 300 domestic wickets, with Pujara now replacing Shivnarine Chanderpaul at Derbyshire.

However, Aaron, who once clocked 95mph in a domestic cup game for his home state Jharkhand, added: "That really doesn't make a difference who's played for which county.

"It's about wherever or whichever county needs me.

"I think I've played enough in England - I've been here two months - so I have a decent understanding of English conditions.

"English conditions are quite testing for everybody involved in the game, for bowlers and batsmen. So I'm really looking forward to playing in England as it will help me develop as a cricketer."