County news March 10, 2008

Derbyshire prepare to lose Hinds

Cricinfo staff

No show: Wavell Hinds could miss out on his season with Derbyshire © AFP
Derbyshire are bracing themselves for the loss of Wavell Hinds after he took his place in the latest Indian Cricket League event.

Hinds was signed as a Kolpak player, but because he has played first-class cricket in another country within the last 12 months and is a new recruit by Derbyshire the club believe they are going to encounter problems over his registration. Hinds hit a half century in his first ICL outing on Sunday.

"We think we may have trouble keeping Wavell," Tom Sears, the chief executive, told Cricinfo. "We are waiting for clarification from the ECB, but because he played in West Indies it could be a stumbling block."

Other Kolpak signings around the county circuit, such as Murray Goodwin at Sussex and Dale Benkenstein at Durham, are not expected to have a problem because they were with their respective counties before the ICL began.

However, Derbyshire haven't given up on still having the services of Mahela Jayawardene even though he is part of the Indian Premier League and Sri Lanka have a full international calendar. Jayawardene was due to arrive after Sri Lanka's tour of West Indies, but there is now the prospect of the Asia Cup.

"We are waiting to hear Mahela's commitments," said Sears. "There's talk of the Asia Cup but we aren't sure when. We are still keen to have him here and Mahela is keen to play for us. It all depends whether it's worthwhile for both parties."

Unlike some counties, though, who face a last-minute scramble to find overseas cover Derbyshire are well placed in that department with Chris Rogers, the Australian opener, on their staff for the whole season. He was due to replace Jayawardene later in the season, but could now slot in at an earlier stage.

"We have planned ahead for this situation," Sears added, "so we have good cover for whatever happens."