Derbyshire boosted by Pujara visa

  • Last Updated: September 2 2014, 20:43 BST

Derbyshire have received confirmation that Cheteshwar Pujara's visa has been granted.

Cheteshwar Pujara: Visa has been granted
Cheteshwar Pujara: Visa has been granted

The 26-year-old India batsman will arrive in the UK in time for next week's LV= County Championship match at Glamorgan.

"We knew the deadlines were tight but - because it's such a key signing for the club - we have worked hard to make it happen," Derbyshire chief executive Simon Storey said.

"As well as giving the team a boost going into the final games of the season, Pujara's signing is also an important part of our strategy to build on the work of our India Club and engage with a new generation of Derbyshire cricket fans here in the city.

"It's been a pretty tense period as we waited for visa approval and we're really grateful to Chris Williamson MP who has been helping us track progress on the visa and giving us confidence that we were on course for a timely completion."

Pujara, who boasts a Test average of just over 49 and a first-class average of just below 59, will play for Derbyshire in their final three county fixtures of the season.

"It will be great for us all to see the result of everyone's hard work when we see Cheteshwar in action in a Derbyshire shirt," Storey added.