Warwickshire County Cricket Club have promoted Academy batsman Ashish Chakrapani (right) for the Royal London Cup campaign and signed, all-rounder Kiel van Vollenhoven (left) and seamer Jordan Bulpitt (centre) on three-week contracts for the tournament.
Chakrapani (17) is a left-handed top-order batsman and spin bowler who currently is part of the Academy after starting with the club at Under-10 level. Schooled at Solihull School, Chakrapani plys his trade with Birmingham & District Premier League side Dorridge.
van Vollenhoven (22) joins the Bears after helping the Second XI secure the Second XI T20 trophy at Arundel earlier this month. A right-handed leg break all-rounder, van Vollenhoven has played six Second XI fixtures this year and was previously part of the Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers programme.
Bulpitt (23) is a left-arm seamer who impressed on his Bears Second XI debut taking five for 49 against Lancashire earlier this month. A product of Cambridge MCCU, Bulpitt has represented his native county Staffordshire this year, as well as Birmingham & District Premier League side Walsall, where he’s taken a third of the first team’s wickets.
“We’re delighted to welcome these three new players into the fold,” said Paul Farbrace.
“Although they may be new names for some, they are three excellent cricketers who have caught our eye over the past 12 months.
“Ashish is an exciting white ball player, who has progressed through our Academy from Under-10 level and shown what a talent he is at just 17 years old, whilst Kiel and Jordan have taken their opportunity with both hands when called upon for the Second XI.
“All three will have every opportunity to challenge for a place in the starting eleven.”
Warwickshire start their Royal London Cup campaign at Glamorgan (Thursday 22 July) before returning to Edgbaston for the home opener against Nottinghamshire on Sunday (25 July).