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Omari Banks, the West Indies offspinner, is playing for Somerset 2nd XI with the county deciding whether to sign him for the 2008 season. Banks, who was born in Anguilla, would be available through the Kolpak route, a path not yet taken by many West Indians. Next season counties will be limited to one overseas player, so will need to find other routes to strengthen their squads.
Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.