County news May 14, 2012

Du Plessis barred from Somerset move

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Faf du Plessis has been asked by Cricket South Africa not to play for Somerset in the Friends Life T20. He will now stay at home and play for South Africa A against Sri Lanka A and join South Africa's Twenty20 tour to Zimbabwe.

"The period that Somerset want him for is when we have some tours of our own," Mohammad Moosajee, South Africa team manager, told ESPNcricinfo. "Faf features in the selectors' plans for those tours so it would not be possible for him to go."

Du Plessis has played 21 ODIs for South Africa and is currently taking part in the IPL, having been signed by Chennai Super Kings for $120,000 in 2011. He will also play for South Africa A against Sri Lanka A in June before South Africa's T20 side travel to Zimbabwe for an unofficial tri-series that also features Bangladesh.

The loss of du Plessis is another blow to Somerset's plans for the Flt20. They signed Albie Morkel and hoped to bring in Chris Gayle as a second overseas player. But Gayle reneged on his deal and agreed to be available for West Indies' ODI series against England, potentially making his international comeback after more than a year's absence.

Morkel, who will not be part of the four-day matches against Sri Lanka A, has been given the green light by CSA to play for Somerset. If Morkel is selected for South Africa's T20 squad to tour Zimbabwe, though, Moosajee said Somerset would have to release him for that period.

Along with losing Gayle, Somerset have a string of injuries with captain Marcus Trescothick out with an ankle injury and only 12 fit players available at the moment. They were forced to cancel a second XI match with Gloucestershire this week due to a lack of players.

Somerset were also asked by CSA to limit the workload of Vernon Philander, the South African bowler who has taken 18 wickets in four first-class matches.

Brian Rose, Somerset's director of cricket, said he "thought there was a possibility" that du Plessis would be barred from joining them. "We're still exploring the market but I think I must have run over a whole road of black cats." Along with Trescothick, Somerset are currently without bowlers Adam Dibble, Gemaal Hussain, Steve Kirby and batsman Jos Buttler.

Somerset will keep a close eye on Pakistan's potential series against Australia. It will no longer be hosted by Sri Lanka and if the tour is postponed, players may become available for the second half of the season.

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 17, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    The Saffas were just worried he'd qualify for England! LOL! Anyways, there are still plenty of other players available.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 15, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (May 14 2012, 21:32 PM GMT) Nice post there. I'm from Plymouth myself. Just a quick one. What do you think about Suppiah seemingly not bowling in ODIs/T20s these days? He had that nightmare over vs Puthan in the CLT20 - which to be fair could happen to most bowlers - and I've not seen him used ever since and he was possibly - along with Alf - our best OD/T20 bowler. In terms of economy he was I think better than Murali and had (maybe still has) the best T20 bowling figures out there. Just wonder if that 1 over made him doubt himself so much that he doesn't want to bowl these days or if he is not trusted any more with the ball. Either way it seems a little disappointing

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | May 14, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    FL T20..........who cares!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | May 14, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @JG to be fair to CSA they wouldn't have known that FDP would be possibly playing FLT20, and it is a bit early to name a side for an a-team series, I don't have a problem with that part so much, if FDP wants to try and get into the SAF side then good luck to him. Kartik and willoughby should never have been sold (Kartik less so as I imagine it was less to do with Somerset letting him go and more to do with him wanting to go to a side that actually win stuff). It's a balance though, it would be awesome to win stuff but at the same time I love seeing young players from Somerset, Devon, Cornwall etc in the side. Seeing players from Millfield (Close to where I grew up) is great, so I would be hastened to sign too many English players from other counties when the youth prospects at Somerset are so good. Very lucky to have pretty much the whole westcountry to recruit from.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Surely whatever problems RVDM has could be/could've been sorted? He added so much to the team and actually wanted to play for us, unlike (harsh as it might seem) one of his fellow countrymen who can't seem to be able to bend his back. Somerset are doing incredibly well with teh resource this year and should be much higher in the championship if it wasn't for the weather - the youngster's have done really well. At least that's a positive for the future..... Those talking about ABdV - don't you think he might be involved in the SA tour....

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 14, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Now I wonder about the last paragraph re the possibility of Pak players becoming available.I would love Afridi,Hafeez or Ajmal. I would still love it if we could resign Van Der Merwe. He was amazing for us and I loved the way he was busy in whatever he did and also he gets constantly overlooked by SA - Shame about the visa probs which no one seems to know about. Shane Watson seems to have been doing well in IPL too.I guess much depends on who's available. Must admit I'm a bit peeved with SA. Unless of course they've only just scheduled this tour why have they just decided after a week or 2 after he signed a T20 contract that they want FDP to renage on those commitments.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 14, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @ StoneRose/John Firth - How are we meant to gage who is going to stay loyal? I mean ok Gayle may be a bit of a primadonna but FDP is hardly a superstar of world cricket and besides just because a player is a star doesn't mean that he is going to be trouble.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 14, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    @TheHoneymonster/Munkeymomo - agree - even with a makeshift side the weatherlords have been totally against us. We've already had 3 matches rained off - 2 of them when we were in a dominant position.Not sure who I'd go for. I'm not a big Pattinson fan and feel he could be very hit or miss. Gul has been similar for me. The other 3 would be amazing - agreed. If Tres is not fit I think DV would make a good captain. I'd say AB and VS are more dangerous than Gayle with the bat.

  • POSTED BY Supersax on | May 14, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    It seems that it's almost impossible to get a quality international player for the whole season nowadays, hence teams not bothering at all, or only for part of a season. Perhaps Somerset should have followed Notts example. Mick Newell decided pretty early on that they weren't going to chase overseas signings, but spend the money on acquiring English players instead (yes, I know that Adam Voges will be playing later in the season)

  • POSTED BY SPORTSWITCH on | May 14, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Look for Rana Naveed, Raza hasan aor if u want batsman Ahmed Shehzad & Shahzaib Hasan are available I guess

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 17, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    The Saffas were just worried he'd qualify for England! LOL! Anyways, there are still plenty of other players available.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 15, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (May 14 2012, 21:32 PM GMT) Nice post there. I'm from Plymouth myself. Just a quick one. What do you think about Suppiah seemingly not bowling in ODIs/T20s these days? He had that nightmare over vs Puthan in the CLT20 - which to be fair could happen to most bowlers - and I've not seen him used ever since and he was possibly - along with Alf - our best OD/T20 bowler. In terms of economy he was I think better than Murali and had (maybe still has) the best T20 bowling figures out there. Just wonder if that 1 over made him doubt himself so much that he doesn't want to bowl these days or if he is not trusted any more with the ball. Either way it seems a little disappointing

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | May 14, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    FL T20..........who cares!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | May 14, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @JG to be fair to CSA they wouldn't have known that FDP would be possibly playing FLT20, and it is a bit early to name a side for an a-team series, I don't have a problem with that part so much, if FDP wants to try and get into the SAF side then good luck to him. Kartik and willoughby should never have been sold (Kartik less so as I imagine it was less to do with Somerset letting him go and more to do with him wanting to go to a side that actually win stuff). It's a balance though, it would be awesome to win stuff but at the same time I love seeing young players from Somerset, Devon, Cornwall etc in the side. Seeing players from Millfield (Close to where I grew up) is great, so I would be hastened to sign too many English players from other counties when the youth prospects at Somerset are so good. Very lucky to have pretty much the whole westcountry to recruit from.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Surely whatever problems RVDM has could be/could've been sorted? He added so much to the team and actually wanted to play for us, unlike (harsh as it might seem) one of his fellow countrymen who can't seem to be able to bend his back. Somerset are doing incredibly well with teh resource this year and should be much higher in the championship if it wasn't for the weather - the youngster's have done really well. At least that's a positive for the future..... Those talking about ABdV - don't you think he might be involved in the SA tour....

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 14, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Now I wonder about the last paragraph re the possibility of Pak players becoming available.I would love Afridi,Hafeez or Ajmal. I would still love it if we could resign Van Der Merwe. He was amazing for us and I loved the way he was busy in whatever he did and also he gets constantly overlooked by SA - Shame about the visa probs which no one seems to know about. Shane Watson seems to have been doing well in IPL too.I guess much depends on who's available. Must admit I'm a bit peeved with SA. Unless of course they've only just scheduled this tour why have they just decided after a week or 2 after he signed a T20 contract that they want FDP to renage on those commitments.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 14, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @ StoneRose/John Firth - How are we meant to gage who is going to stay loyal? I mean ok Gayle may be a bit of a primadonna but FDP is hardly a superstar of world cricket and besides just because a player is a star doesn't mean that he is going to be trouble.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 14, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    @TheHoneymonster/Munkeymomo - agree - even with a makeshift side the weatherlords have been totally against us. We've already had 3 matches rained off - 2 of them when we were in a dominant position.Not sure who I'd go for. I'm not a big Pattinson fan and feel he could be very hit or miss. Gul has been similar for me. The other 3 would be amazing - agreed. If Tres is not fit I think DV would make a good captain. I'd say AB and VS are more dangerous than Gayle with the bat.

  • POSTED BY Supersax on | May 14, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    It seems that it's almost impossible to get a quality international player for the whole season nowadays, hence teams not bothering at all, or only for part of a season. Perhaps Somerset should have followed Notts example. Mick Newell decided pretty early on that they weren't going to chase overseas signings, but spend the money on acquiring English players instead (yes, I know that Adam Voges will be playing later in the season)

  • POSTED BY SPORTSWITCH on | May 14, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Look for Rana Naveed, Raza hasan aor if u want batsman Ahmed Shehzad & Shahzaib Hasan are available I guess

  • POSTED BY eseabourne on | May 14, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    I've just heard Vernon Philander's just been selected by South Africa for a 14 match T20 series against Sao Tome and Principe, and will be unable to complete his contract with Somerset. On a more serious note, I like both the suggestions from njr1330. Hodge has scored loads of T20 runs, and can both open and come in lower down the order. Hogg would be a like-for-like replacement for Murali Kartik. Hogg's unhittable! Actually I want Ernest Hilaire and Mohammad Moosajee as our overseas players.

  • POSTED BY eseabourne on | May 14, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    I should clarify before I begin that I'm a Somerset member, and have been a loyal Somerset fan since I was small. But... Firstly, why would you sign an overseas player who is trying desperately not to overdo it, or get himself injured before a big Test series? He hasn't even played in all our Championship matches this season let alone one-day cricket. As for Gayle, I can understand that his turnaround with the WICB came as a shock, and Somerset can't be blamed for that. What they can be blamed for is finding a replacement who's SO likely to be picked for an international tour during the T20 competition. It beggars belief that this wasn't thought through. Morkel is also highly likely to be picked for this Zimbabwe tour. It looks as though we're trying to avoid the agony of losing in a final by not featuring in one at all, because that's the way this season's going. We need good overseas players, Pollard and Kartik proved that enough times last season.

    Rant over.

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | May 14, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    @TheHoneyMonster: Not to mention the weather. Whenever we look like winning a game it gets rained off! I'm sure Rose will find someone good though. Personally top of my list are Umar Gul, Sehwag, J Pattinson, de Villiers and Vettori. Anyone from that list would be AMAZING!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    buy sum indian 1st clas player or mayb sum afghani or a kenyan like tanmay mishra

  • POSTED BY StoneRose on | May 14, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Agree with John Firth...perhaps if Somerset concentrated on loyalty a little more - even if the player is to be not such a big name - then they may not be perennial runners-up.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Unbelievable. the season ends as it only begun!!!

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | May 14, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    why not just say no overseas players. the competition is not getting the cream of world cricketers and the 2nd /3rd tier are not playing for various reasons. given that the contracted England players are not allowed to play till the finals. up the pay packets of the county players I cannot see that the crowds been less.

  • POSTED BY njr1330 on | May 14, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    How about Brad Hodge?....or even Brad Hogg for that matter !

  • POSTED BY Brenton1 on | May 14, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    I am available for signing and since I am not contracted to CSA or any of their provinces I have no obligations. Just be warned that I am not actually very good.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 14, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    I think Somerset must have offended someone powerful in the cricket world and they have decided to punish them by not letting them have any players ever again. Maybe the WI touring party can spare Richie Richardson.

  • POSTED BY rydberg on | May 14, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    what abt sulieman benn.........................................!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Why not sign someone they'll actually have no trouble keeping instead?

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 14, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    You have to feel sorry for Somerset!

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | May 14, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    I'm beginning to think the world is against us this season. We're having some awful luck regarding players and injuries!

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  • POSTED BY SDHM on | May 14, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    I'm beginning to think the world is against us this season. We're having some awful luck regarding players and injuries!

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 14, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    You have to feel sorry for Somerset!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Why not sign someone they'll actually have no trouble keeping instead?

  • POSTED BY rydberg on | May 14, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    what abt sulieman benn.........................................!!!!!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 14, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    I think Somerset must have offended someone powerful in the cricket world and they have decided to punish them by not letting them have any players ever again. Maybe the WI touring party can spare Richie Richardson.

  • POSTED BY Brenton1 on | May 14, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    I am available for signing and since I am not contracted to CSA or any of their provinces I have no obligations. Just be warned that I am not actually very good.

  • POSTED BY njr1330 on | May 14, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    How about Brad Hodge?....or even Brad Hogg for that matter !

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | May 14, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    why not just say no overseas players. the competition is not getting the cream of world cricketers and the 2nd /3rd tier are not playing for various reasons. given that the contracted England players are not allowed to play till the finals. up the pay packets of the county players I cannot see that the crowds been less.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Unbelievable. the season ends as it only begun!!!

  • POSTED BY StoneRose on | May 14, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Agree with John Firth...perhaps if Somerset concentrated on loyalty a little more - even if the player is to be not such a big name - then they may not be perennial runners-up.