“I am delighted to be back with Sussex for the 2023 season,” Pujara said in a statement from the club. “I thoroughly enjoyed my last period with the club last season, both on and off the pitch, and I look forward to contributing to the growth and success of the team in the coming year.”
Sussex did not specify in their statement what formats Pujara would play, or for how long, but his availability will be determined by his involvement with the Indian test squad and possibly the IPL. The club later clarified that they expect him to play Championship and 50-over cricket for them and added that he will arrive in time for the start of the season.
“We’ve all seen the class he showed with the bat and his performance, but he was also outstanding in our young dressing room as a world-class role model for them to follow.”
Keith Greenfield, performance director of Sussex
Pujara remains an important part of India’s test plans, with a top score of 66 in their most recent match in the format against England in July. Their testing schedule is relatively sparse in 2023, but they will be playing a two-match series against the West Indies in July-August.
He hasn’t played an IPL game since 2014, but was part of the Chennai Super Kings squad in 2021 and would miss the first two months of the county season if picked up at the December auction.
Keith Greenfield, Sussex performance director, said: “It’s fantastic news that Cheteshwar is returning in 2023. We’ve all seen the class he showed with the bat and his performances, but he was also outstanding in our young dressing room as a global player. . class role model for them to follow.”
Sussex is in the process of recruiting a new coach after Ian Salisbury left at the end of the 2022 season. James Kirtley acted as T20 coach during Salisbury’s tenure, but the club will return to one head coach from 2023.