New Zealand news April 15, 2014

Patel shuns New Zealand approach


Jeetan Patel has declined an invitation from New Zealand to tour West Indies and committed himself to Warwickshire.

New Zealand are scheduled to play three Tests and two T20Is in the Caribbean from late May to the start of July.

While Patel, the 33-year-old off-spinner, might have a reasonable chance of forcing his way back into the New Zealand team on the spin-friendly Caribbean pitches, it would jeopardise his long-term relationship with Warwickshire if he were to leave them mid-season.

Patel has not played international cricket since January 2013 and has fallen behind younger men such as 21-year-old leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in the pecking order. 27-year-old off-spinner Mark Craig has been chosen in the squad to tour West Indies.

Patel has represented Warwickshire as an overseas player on and off since 2009. He has gained a reputation as one of the most valuable overseas players in county cricket - as much for his availability and reliability as anything - and is understood to enjoy a lucrative contract with the club.

While this decision may well end Patel's international career, from the practical perspective of a professional with a young family, he may well have felt he had little option.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Chris on April 21, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    He's a mediocre spinner. Come to think of it bar Vettori New Zealand don't have any decent spinners hence will struggle when it comes to away and lose most matches in subcontinent even against teams like Afghanistan.

  • Mark on April 18, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    It's strange that some players who can cut it at International level can't cope at first division county level. Less strange is the fact that I can be many overseas players who just don't contribute such as Voges and Cowan at Notts in recent times. @Cricstaa, so England lose one series and they are terrible. How long is it now since NZ won an away test series?

  • Jason on April 17, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @CricStaah, I don't think its just the step up from the county game to International level, and its not limited to the UK only. There are a lot of club cricketers who play through the summer who are a cut above the normal standard and a few can cut it at 2nd XI county level but they fail at FC cricket, the same is true of county cricketers stepping up to international level.

    In most cases its because in the county game 1 or 2 bad games in a season isn't noticed, but 1 or 2 bad games at international level is noticed where the games are higher profile.

  • muz on April 16, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    It's strange how many players who can't cut it in the international format seem to dominate in English County cricket. While you would expect some superiority - the margin by how much these players generally out perform their non-international colleages is immense. I think this signifies the quality and standard of the County Cricket - is it a surprise that the Eng team has under-performed so badly! There are so many county heros who have tried to step up to the international ranks and just have not cut it. To name a few: Greame Hick Mark Ramperkash - Although he was misused by Eng Ian Salisbury I could go on for days!

  • Shane on April 16, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    @Gagg - The main issue with Patel has been his shabby treatment by selectors and NZC in general. He's never been given a sustained run in the team, so you can't expect him to waltz in and out and perform on cue. He's been highly successful in the County scene which isn't easy to do.

    He also has respectable short form stats.

    I think the fact he was second fiddle to Vettori (rightly so) for a long time counted against him, and since then the selectors have opted for bizarre spin options instead of letting him prove himself over a period of time.

    I also suspect this is the real reason he has opted out, or at least part of it, and respect him for not shooting his mouth off about it as we see so many players do these days.

  • Garry on April 16, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    pietime he averages 53.46 outside of New Zealand, he is a rubbish bowler and always has been. I think his stats in county cricket says more about the quality of this over rated competition.

  • joe on April 16, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Yep good decision what's the point of going on tour to sit on the bench cause in all honesty that's all he is, a bench player that has been given ample opportunity. surprised me he even got picked in the first place.

  • Apa on April 16, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Good player. Test stats are average but that's because NZ pitches are not spin friendly. His stats over in England county cricket has been some of the best in the last few seasons. Family is more important dude. He might have another 2-5 seasons left. Better to do the bizzness over there.

  • Hemanth on April 15, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Not "overplayers", its "overseas players".

  • Garry on April 15, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Meh no great loss, not sure how he always always performs in county cricket and never performs in internationals, he averages nearly 50 in 19 tests, that is rubbish in anyones books.

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