County news February 21, 2014

Bollinger agrees Kent deal

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Kent have signed Doug Bollinger as an overseas player for the 2014 season.

Bollinger, the 32-year-old left-arm fast bowler, has enjoyed a good Sheffield Shield season, claiming 21 wickets at 25.47 to date. While he has been the recipient of lucrative IPL deals in the past, he was overlooked in the bidding for this year's tournament thereby rendering him more attractive to county sides.

He endured an undistinguished spell as overseas player with Worcestershire in 2007 - his 16 Championship wickets cost 44.56 apiece - but has improved markedly since.

In 12 Tests, between January 2009 and December 2010, he took 50 wickets at an average of 25.92 and his form in the 2013-14 season, when he bowled with impressive pace, was good enough to earn him a recall to the Australian squad as a stand-by player during the Ashes series.

Meanwhile, Worcestershire are in talks with Junaid Khan with a view to him joining the club as a second overseas player for the T20 Blast. The club have already secured the services of spinner Saeed Ajmal and could well confirm the signing of Junaid, his Pakistan team-mate and a left-arm fast bowler, shortly.

Junaid, 24, played for Lancashire in 2011, claiming 12 wickets in eight matches and conceding just six runs an over.

With Pakistan players overlooked for the IPL and with few international commitments in the coming months, several are expected to sign for county sides in the coming weeks.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 22, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Who will sign Afridi, Gul, Bhatti, U Akmal, Hafeez, Shezad and more???

  • DickCam on February 22, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Kent are wasting their money. Dougie is past it.

  • on February 22, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Kent continue to self destruct: all available funds have gone into signing an Aussie 32 year old. They must be looking across the water and kicking themselves when they see the likes of David Masters (released) or Reece Topley (family links with Kent) performing so well at Essex. Bollinger is no doubt talented but I suspect he'll only do a season or possibly go the way of Bravo (another poor signing by the club). By the way, the new plans for flats on the land previously owned by the club have been released - they really blend in with the supermarket and other developments at this "cricket ground"

  • Stieprox on February 21, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    pakistani players should play county cricket this season.they will gain a lot of experience.

  • FSL2013 on February 21, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Considering Pakistan is the only country who has decided not to go with new ICC setup. Its very likely they will be free most of the time every year starting from now. This means we will see more of them playing leagues in England, South Africa, Australia etc.

  • on February 21, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Great news This year T20 Blast should Blast with Pakistani players..it will add much to tournament...

  • Gulazeem on February 21, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Everybody agrees that Pakistani cricketers are great crowd pullers,the greats like Miandad,Asif,Majid.Mushtaq.Imran have led their counties and taken them to new heights.The incredible Mr. Zed and Akram have also ruled many county seasons so it will be a THRILL to watch pak cricketers again.

  • on February 21, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Pakistan should focus on forging better relations with ECB since IPL is close to them. Plus county experience or big bash on bouncy and seaming pitches will be a huge help for our players.

  • on February 21, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    how I wonder that guys like Shami, Umesh, Bhuvi, Pandey & Aron play county cricket instead of IPL. Our bowling is pathetic and bowlers really do not have any chance to improve. Zaheer at a time was one of the best in world, right now age is not on his side, but in his prime he sure was one of the best if not the best, and only reason was his season in county.

  • on February 21, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    they should get the new players aswell like sharjeel khan sohaib Masood raza hasan and these new emerging stars..

  • on February 22, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Who will sign Afridi, Gul, Bhatti, U Akmal, Hafeez, Shezad and more???

  • DickCam on February 22, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Kent are wasting their money. Dougie is past it.

  • on February 22, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Kent continue to self destruct: all available funds have gone into signing an Aussie 32 year old. They must be looking across the water and kicking themselves when they see the likes of David Masters (released) or Reece Topley (family links with Kent) performing so well at Essex. Bollinger is no doubt talented but I suspect he'll only do a season or possibly go the way of Bravo (another poor signing by the club). By the way, the new plans for flats on the land previously owned by the club have been released - they really blend in with the supermarket and other developments at this "cricket ground"

  • Stieprox on February 21, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    pakistani players should play county cricket this season.they will gain a lot of experience.

  • FSL2013 on February 21, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Considering Pakistan is the only country who has decided not to go with new ICC setup. Its very likely they will be free most of the time every year starting from now. This means we will see more of them playing leagues in England, South Africa, Australia etc.

  • on February 21, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Great news This year T20 Blast should Blast with Pakistani players..it will add much to tournament...

  • Gulazeem on February 21, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Everybody agrees that Pakistani cricketers are great crowd pullers,the greats like Miandad,Asif,Majid.Mushtaq.Imran have led their counties and taken them to new heights.The incredible Mr. Zed and Akram have also ruled many county seasons so it will be a THRILL to watch pak cricketers again.

  • on February 21, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Pakistan should focus on forging better relations with ECB since IPL is close to them. Plus county experience or big bash on bouncy and seaming pitches will be a huge help for our players.

  • on February 21, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    how I wonder that guys like Shami, Umesh, Bhuvi, Pandey & Aron play county cricket instead of IPL. Our bowling is pathetic and bowlers really do not have any chance to improve. Zaheer at a time was one of the best in world, right now age is not on his side, but in his prime he sure was one of the best if not the best, and only reason was his season in county.

  • on February 21, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    they should get the new players aswell like sharjeel khan sohaib Masood raza hasan and these new emerging stars..

  • Z.Saleem on February 21, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    there are lots of Pakistanis living here in the UK (in milions) and how can I forget the season (may be 2-3 years ago) when Afridi, Ajmal, Junaid, Rana, Umer Gul, Razzaq, etc. all played for different counties and how eager we (Pakistanis) were to go and watch all the matches live. Signing these players, will also benefit the grounds and the counties, the atmosphere is something else when you have box office stars like Afridi, Gul, Ajmal and co. in the local teams..... looking forward to it!

  • fzsTrio on February 21, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    More and more Pakistani cricketers should be playing county cricket; this may attract a larger fan following.

  • SR84 on February 21, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Great news for the 'overlooked' Pakistani players!

  • anton111 on February 21, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    I hope Darren Bravo signs for one of the counties.

  • on February 21, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    I hope county sign Junaid Khan for first class matches also. I sincerely hope that Pakistan Cricket Board should try to convince some English counties to sign few young batsman from Pakistan in their squads. The experience any batsman gain from playing county cricket will surely augur well for the player

  • TheChap on February 21, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Whilst admittedly Dougie is our overseas (and a bonzer bloke to boot), it's yet another bowler recruited from elsewhere to bolster Kent's ranks....doesn't say much for our academy prospects, or fringe players...

  • on February 21, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Excellent stuff. I vehemently believe that English country cricket is the best competition available to international talents who can advance their skills to another level. The likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and many other Pakistani players are great examples of a finished product. They achieved this by playing hard county cricket. Additionally, county cricket is free from corruption and hype unlike other franchises at the moment. Good talents should avoid money making franchises and instead improve their skills in English county cricket.

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  • on February 21, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Excellent stuff. I vehemently believe that English country cricket is the best competition available to international talents who can advance their skills to another level. The likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and many other Pakistani players are great examples of a finished product. They achieved this by playing hard county cricket. Additionally, county cricket is free from corruption and hype unlike other franchises at the moment. Good talents should avoid money making franchises and instead improve their skills in English county cricket.

  • TheChap on February 21, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Whilst admittedly Dougie is our overseas (and a bonzer bloke to boot), it's yet another bowler recruited from elsewhere to bolster Kent's ranks....doesn't say much for our academy prospects, or fringe players...

  • on February 21, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    I hope county sign Junaid Khan for first class matches also. I sincerely hope that Pakistan Cricket Board should try to convince some English counties to sign few young batsman from Pakistan in their squads. The experience any batsman gain from playing county cricket will surely augur well for the player

  • anton111 on February 21, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    I hope Darren Bravo signs for one of the counties.

  • SR84 on February 21, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Great news for the 'overlooked' Pakistani players!

  • fzsTrio on February 21, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    More and more Pakistani cricketers should be playing county cricket; this may attract a larger fan following.

  • Z.Saleem on February 21, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    there are lots of Pakistanis living here in the UK (in milions) and how can I forget the season (may be 2-3 years ago) when Afridi, Ajmal, Junaid, Rana, Umer Gul, Razzaq, etc. all played for different counties and how eager we (Pakistanis) were to go and watch all the matches live. Signing these players, will also benefit the grounds and the counties, the atmosphere is something else when you have box office stars like Afridi, Gul, Ajmal and co. in the local teams..... looking forward to it!

  • on February 21, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    they should get the new players aswell like sharjeel khan sohaib Masood raza hasan and these new emerging stars..

  • on February 21, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    how I wonder that guys like Shami, Umesh, Bhuvi, Pandey & Aron play county cricket instead of IPL. Our bowling is pathetic and bowlers really do not have any chance to improve. Zaheer at a time was one of the best in world, right now age is not on his side, but in his prime he sure was one of the best if not the best, and only reason was his season in county.

  • on February 21, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Pakistan should focus on forging better relations with ECB since IPL is close to them. Plus county experience or big bash on bouncy and seaming pitches will be a huge help for our players.