County news May 15, 2009

Kevin O'Brien linked to Nottinghamshire

Cricinfo staff

Ireland allrounder Kevin O'Brien could be part of Nottinghamshire's Twenty20 Cup campaign after agreeing to move to Trent Bridge on a long-term trial.

O'Brien is likely to feature against Notts Outlaws on Saturday in the Friends Provident Trophy and will join up with Nottinghamshire once Ireland's campaign in the competition comes to an end. He will be available for all Nottinghamshire matches whenever his international commitments allow.

"If he [O'Brien] can develop his bowling, Kevin could become a very capable allrounder. His batting is already at a good level, and that innings against us [93 not out at Trent Bridge] certainly stuck in my mind over the winter. As it became clearer that we were likely to be without a few of our players this season because of England commitments, I kept on coming back to what he might be able to offer us.

"Ireland have a lot of cricket to play over the next four months but we will fit in around those international commitments. It's an open-ended trial and Kevin will be available to play in all our fixtures when he's with us."