County news February 1, 2012

Yorkshire wait on Jaques clearance

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yorkshire, once known for only selecting players born within the county borders, hope their attempts to bring in former Australia international Phil Jaques as a non-overseas player won't be blocked by the ECB. Jaques has chosen to turn his back on Australian cricket after being offered a two-year contract by Yorkshire, who want to take advantage of the fact he has a British passport, thanks to English parentage.

However, Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire's director of cricket, has said that ECB regulations could mean Jaques has to fill the county's one overseas player slot for the season. The 32-year-old opener, Jaques, has previously played for Yorkshire and Worcestershire as an overseas signing but, before being capped by Australia, turned out for Northamptonshire as British-qualified. It is now up to the ECB to decide whether he can make the switch back.

"We'll need agreement from the ECB to allow him to come as a non-overseas player," Moxon told the York Press. "As a British passport holder, you can come and work in England without a work permit. That's not the problem. It's the ECB regulations where we have to make sure all the boxes are ticked.

"We need clarification on whether they are happy with that. They may not allow it, but hopefully they will, given the time span between statuses."

If Jaques is allowed to return as a local player to the county he played for between 2004 and 2005, then Yorkshire will look to bring in a further recruit from abroad. "We've got a few irons in the fire," Moxon said. "But, obviously, we can't act on them until Phil's been cleared. If we get Phil's clearance, we probably would sign somebody else."

As it is, Jaques will not be available for Yorkshire's opening match of the County Championship, against Kent on April 5, because it clashes with preparations for his wedding. The 32-year-old, who made 11 Test appearances for Australia before a back injury curtailed his international career, is expected to be in the UK in time to make his first appearance against Essex two weeks later.

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  • Daniel on February 2, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Phil Jacques has played for a Full Member of the ICC, which means he will never again be available to play for another Full Member - in other words he can't turn out for England (neither could Rudolph have ever represented England). He could only play for another international team if they are not at present a full member (like Ireland) and only after at least 4 years has past since his last international appearance; but obviously that's not a consideration. Interesting I dont think the ECB could enforce their rules if Yorkshire decided to take this further, as they quite clearly contravene EU labour regulations; his british passport means he can work wherever he likes in europe and the ECB do not have the right to overrule this

  • Cameron on February 2, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    @200ondebut: Phil Jaques has & always will be Australian! There was no "decision" on his nationality in his cricketing career. His father is a Yorkshireman & his mum a Lancastrian; by virtue of this fact he holds a British passport. Phil Jaques was born in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Phil Jaques has retired from NSW cricket & has publicly stated he has absolutely NO desire to play international cricket again. Get your facts straight before you post online.

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    re hillbumper, how is this a joke? Every team employs foreign players, and if you can take one on as a non overseas player due to a technicality why wouldn't you?

    re thewallster, true we've signed some great overseas players but to say we know what we're talking about when it comes to overseas players is streatching it a bit as we've also had some shockers like Rana Naveed, Greg Blewett, Yuvraj, Inzamam and ian Harvey who all had a mare for us! But yes, this looks like a great move for us, our batting was seriously lacking last year without Rudolph for so long and with the frigging Lions ripping out our top order seemingly at will

  • Andrew on February 2, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    @hhillbumper - just as long as you DO NOT send us Kieswetter & Strauss or for that matter ANY of the hacks (Lions) who got flogged by Bangladesh A & Bangladesh U19s recently!!!!!! Hmmm as far as poor Ozzy openers are concerned, a bloke that never made it past about 20th in line to a test spot (Di Venuto) AND who just about requires a walking stick when he goes out to bat, scored over 900 runs last year, says a bit about your bench strength. Jaques will get 1500 runs, crook back & all!!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Phil Jaques last played for Australia in June 2008. According to the ICC rules he will be eligible to play for England in June 2012. I think he is doing this to have a crack at playing in the 2013 Ashes.

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Why not fast track Jaques into the England side.

  • Alasdair on February 1, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @hhillbumper This Yorkshire team has a great emphasis on home grown players; Root, Gale, Bairstow, Rashid, Bresnan, Sidebottom, Lyth, Pyrah, Shahzad....

  • Luke on February 1, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    @hhillbumper and @200ondebut - you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. just have a quick look down Yorkshire's line-up will you and tell me how many players in there have come through their famed youth set-up. Lyth, Gale, Ballance,McGrath, Sayers, Bairstow. All at one time or another been around the international set-up. And have a look at our permanent overseas record; Tendulkar, Lehmann, Jason Gillespie, Rudolph. I think we know what we are talking about when it comes to overseas signings...

  • Robert on February 1, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    He made his bed now he must lie in it. He decided he was Australian when it suited now he wants to be English. I am surprised Yorkshire are so stupid, and desperate, to support this. Hopefully the ECB will show some common sense and designate him as an overseas player until such time he qualifies to play for England. Just goes to show there are too many counties - and not enough home grown players to fill there sides.

  • stuart on February 1, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    He is about as English as Jonesey 2. This is a joke by Yorkshire.Grow some of your own players instead of hiring yet anoth poor Aussie opener. Is there a sale on for poor Aussie batsman? First Hughes now this one.What next is some poor sap going to try to get Ed Cowans as well

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