Malahide sign former Indian Premier League star for 2020 season

Leinster side Malahide will have Indian all-rounder Saurabh Bandekar as their overseas professional for the 2020 campaign.

Having been involved with both the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, Bandekar also played for an India U19 side that included the likes of Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja.

A right-arm seamer and middle order batsman, the 32-year-old currently plays for Goa and has enjoyed three stints in the UK.

He topped the run charts in Scotland’s WDCU Premier League last season, scoring 604 runs at an average of 60.40.

Bandekar has a First Class batting average of 23.82 and has picked up 171 wickets in 64 matches.

He replaces Australian Damien Mortimer at the club, who helped Malahide reach the All-Ireland T20 Final last season before losing out to CIYMS.

Captain Fintan McAllister said: “We at Malahide CC would like to welcome Saurabh to the club for the 2020 season. With his wealth of experience and knowledge of the game, we are delighted to have a player and coach of his calibre joining the club.

“He has had two very successful seasons with both bat and ball in Scotland where the conditions and standard are very similar to Ireland. We have a strong crop of youngsters in the club and with Saurabh’s level of coaching experience, it will only help bring these players to the next level.

“The season will be approaching fast come the new year and we look forward to pushing for more silverware this year with Saurabh joining our ranks.”

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