County news May 14, 2012

Du Plessis barred from Somerset move

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Andrew 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.

  • John 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

  • Dal on May 14, 2012, 22:16 GMT

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

  • Mark 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.

  • Dummy4 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....

  • John 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.

  • John 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.

  • John 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.

  • Nigel 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)

  • MUHAMMAD UZAIR 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

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