Glamorgan have signed Zimbabwe-born batsman Murray Goodwin on a one-year deal.
The 39 year-old former Zimbabwe Test player was told that he would not be offered a new contract by Sussex, where he had spent 12 years, but indicated at the time that he was not ready for retirement just yet. During his time at Sussex, Goodwin scored over 24,000 runs in all competitions and, besides his run-scoring, will play a mentoring role to Glamorgan’s young and fragile batting line-up.
"He will strengthen the batting line-up," said Glamorgan Head of Elite Performance Matthew Mott. “And has plenty to offer to benefit our batting group.
"He is a really good role model with plenty of first division experience and it is evident from our recent discussions that he still has a real determination to succeed. These are characteristics that we are looking to develop within our squad."
Goodwin himself added, "I am really pleased to be continuing my cricket career with Glamorgan and look forward to joining up with the players and staff. I have had lengthy conversations with Matthew Mott and am aware of the challenges the team faced last year (they won just three Championship games in 2012) and the hard work that lies ahead of us, but I am determined to help bring success back to the club. I feel I still have a lot to offer in all formats of the game."
Warwickshire have taken the unusual step of offering overseas player Jeetan Patel a two-year deal. Patel, an off-spinner from New Zealand, was a key member of the Bears’ LV= County Championship winning side, taking 51 wickets.
The last overseas player that the club offered a multi-year contract to was Pakistan batsman Younis Khan, who had a change of heart and never arrived, although Warwickshire Director of Cricket Ashley Giles is expecting no such problems with Patel.
He said, "'Jeets' has been offered a two-year [contract] and it's all agreed. Last time we offered a two-year to an overseas player was Younis Khan but I think we have got a bit more comfort with Jeets! He hasn't signed it yet but he likes it here and we love having him here so there shouldn't be any problem. It is a position that is crucial to what we are trying to build here and he has been brilliant for us.
"Getting him back for another two years will also give us a bit more to time to work with Chris Metters. We had hoped Metts would be a year further on but he got injured so he needs another couple of years."
In sadder news, the club has announced that the former manager of their Under-19 side Hugh Cherry has died. Cherry was manager of their Under-19 team for over 40 years and worked with the likes of captain and 2013 beneficiary Jim Troughton, Ian Westwood and Dominic Ostler.
Derbyshire have continued the policy of signing the key members of their LV= County Championship Division Two winning squad on new three-year contracts, with skipper Wayne Madsen the latest of those to do so.
Madsen, who was born in South Africa but made his Derbyshire debut in 2009, will qualify as an England player next season after completing the requisite four-year residency period, and spoke of his desire to spend the remainder of his professional cricket career at Derbyshire.
“That was one of the things my wife, Kyla, and I thought about before signing this new contract because I will be 31 by the end of it and it would be very hard to move clubs at that kind of age,” he said. “We discussed it but really I have no desire to move clubs. We love it here. Derbyshire is our home and this is where I want to play my cricket. We have such a good thing going at Derbyshire. It has been exciting to be involved in that and I want to play a part in taking it to the next level.”
Derbyshire have also confirmed that David Houghton will remain in his role as batting coach for the duration of the 2013 season. The former Zimbabwe captain is widely renowned as one of the best batting coaches on the county circuit, something which Derbyshire Head Coach Karl Krikken was only to aware of.
Krikken said, “David is without doubt a premium, top level batting coach who quite rightly commands a great deal of respect within the game. For our talented young batsmen to once again be able to tap into his experience, knowledge and expertise will be of great benefit to both the individual players and the club as a whole as we embark upon the challenge of Division One cricket.”
Former Kent cricketer Tony Pawson has died at the age of 91. As well as playing 43 first-class matches for the county, Pawson was a member of Great Britain’s 1948 Olympic football squad; a world champion at fly fishing; and an amateur footballer with Charlton Athletic.
Away from competitive sport, he reached the rank of major during his time in the military where he served in Italy and Tunisia and was also a football and cricket writer for The Observer and chairman of The Cricket Writers’ Club in 1980 and 1981. He was awarded the OBE for services to angling.
Leicestershire are considering putting the £1 million grant that all counties will get next season from the ECB towards a multi-purpose community sports arena, which will be located at the Bennett End of Grace Road. The club are in discussion with basketball club DMU Leicester Riders, Jelson Homes and Leicester College about the project.