Bhajji may sign deal with Essex
Harbhajan Singh is likely to sign a deal with Essex to play the latter part of the English county season. The move will not include the Friends Life T20 due to contractual issues with the BCCI. However, Harbhajan, if signed, will be available once the County Championship resumes.
According to reports, if the deal is completed, Essex will be Harbhajan's second county, after previous spells with Surrey, where he collected 57 first-class wickets at 21.10 across two separate stints in 2005 and 2007.
Essex have had a difficult time trying to retain overseas signings and recently lost the services of Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, who had been due to be available for all formats, including the FLt20 before the Bangladesh Cricket Board declined to give him a No Objection Certificate. Australia's Peter Siddle had also been due to play for them, but that fell through after he returned home from the West Indies injured.
Essex are currently seventh in Division Two of the County Championship and Harbhajan would bolster a spin attack that currently comprises left arm spinner Tim Phillips, leg-spinner Tom Craddock and off-spinner Greg Smith.
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