County news February 21, 2014

Bollinger agrees Kent deal

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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