NEW DELHI: reigning champions Gujarat Titans shelled out Rs 4.40 crore to get Josh Small in their side, making the fast bowler the first Irish player to win a contract with the Indian Premier League (IPL) before the end of the pre-season 2023 player auction on Friday. And he is “delighted” to be a “Titan”.
“I am delighted to have been signed by the reigning champions, Gujarat Titans, and I look forward to playing under Hardik Pandya in a team of such quality,” said Little, 23, in his statement published by Cricket Ireland.
“I also look forward to working with Coach Ashish Nehra and would like to thank the Titans management team for believing in me,” he added.

Gujarat Titans, managed by Hardik, won the IPL trophy in their debut season earlier this year.
“I have loved playing international cricket for Ireland – and that will always remain my priority, but being able to learn and play in the IPL will be an amazing opportunity and thank you Cricket Ireland for supporting me in this,” said Little, who has played 22 ODIs and 53 T20Is since making his international debut in 2016, said.
He was a net thrower for Chennai Super Kings last year.
Earlier this year at the T20 World Cup, Little scored a hat-trick against New Zealand in Adelaide.

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“We are delighted for Josh and wish him well at the IPL next year. Josh is a hardworking and dedicated athlete who has worked his way through the Irish system,” said Cricket Ireland High Performance Director Richard Holdsworth.
“He has been a vital part of the Irish structure for several years now and we believe his development will only accelerate further through his involvement in the IPL.”
Few, however, have experience in the franchise-based T20 leagues having played in the Premier League The Hundred and Lanka, in addition to being selected in the Pakistan Super League draft.
(With contributions from the agency)



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