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Bollinger agrees Kent deal

George Dobell

February 21, 2014

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Doug Bollinger ended day two with six wickets, New South Wales v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, 2nd day, October 31, 2013
Bollinger has bowled with impressive pace in Australian domestic cricket © Getty Images
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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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Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

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

Posted by DickCam on (February 22, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Kent are wasting their money. Dougie is past it.

Posted by   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"

Posted by Stieprox on (February 21, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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..

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by SR84 on (February 21, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

Great news for the 'overlooked' Pakistani players!

Posted by anton111 on (February 21, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

I hope Darren Bravo signs for one of the counties.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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...

Posted by   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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