Surrey signs Murali Kartik

Surrey County Cricket Club have today signed Indian left arm spinner Murali Kartik on a one year contract for the 2012 domestic season. He will be available to play in all three formats of the domestic game.

Kartik has taken 319 wickets in English domestic cricket during spells at Lancashire, Middlesex and Somerset, where he recently played against Surrey in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final.

Surrey Team Director Chris Adams said: “Murali Kartik is a proven wicket taker in English conditions and will add another dimension to our bowling attack.

“As shown with the signing of Pragyan Ojha for the final part of the 2011 season, a ‘mystery’ spinner can often make a major difference to the outcome of a campaign. Having someone of Kartik’s quality on board for the entirety of next season will be a great boost.”

Murali Kartik added: “I am very happy to be signing for Surrey for the next English season. They are one of the biggest domestic sides in the world game and I hugely look forward to playing my cricket at an iconic ground like the Kia Oval.”

Kartik will join the experienced Gareth Batty in Surrey’s spin bowling ranks and also act as a senior figure to help the development of young spinners such as Zafar Ansari, Matthew Spriegel and Freddie van den Bergh.

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