County news October 15, 2007

Doshi and Sadler join Derbyshire

Cricinfo staff

Derbyshire have signed former Surrey left-arm spinner Nayan Doshi and Leicestershire batsman John Sadler as they continue to remodel their squad for the 2008 season.

Doshi walked out of Surrey during August citing a lack of first-team opportunity and initially tried to sign for Sussex. However, he couldn't obtain written permission from Surrey - required for a mid-season switch of counties - and didn't play again during 2007.

Sadler, the left-handed top-order batsman, played a key role in Leicestershire's 2004 and 2006 Twenty20 titles.

"I am delighted that we have been able to bring these two quality players in the prime of their careers to Derbyshire," said head of cricket John Morris. "They will be outstanding additions to our squad in terms of their ability on the field but also what they will add off it.

"Statistics don't tell you everything but if you look at both of these players their careers were flourishing before disrupted seasons in 2007, even then they both managed to turn in some outstanding performances."

According to the Derbyshire Telegraph the club are also hopeful of securing Rikki Clarke's signature as their new captain and are still chasing Mahela Jayawardene as an overseas player.