Ashwell Prince, who was part of Lancashire’s 2012 LV= County Championship campaign which resulted in relegation, is poised to return to Old Trafford as a Kolpak player for the 2013 and 14 seasons as they look to regain their position in the top flight.
Prince, 35, scored over 1000 runs for the club in 2012, but will have to give up any hopes of a recall to the South Africa side if he is to re-join them for the upcoming season. The club have signed Australian Simon Katich from Hampshire as their overseas player.
Prince last played for South Africa in a Test match at the end of 2011 and is unlikely to earn a recall in any event as he has been overtaken by the likes of Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar and even Farhaan Behardien in the pecking order. Furthermore, he has struggled this winter in South Africa’s strong franchise system where has averaged less than 30 across all formats playing for Warriors.
Nonetheless, his signing is a huge coup for Lancashire, who beat off competition from several other counties to sign him.
"I'm delighted to announce that I will be returning to Lancashire for the next two seasons," Prince said. "Whilst I had been approached by teams in Division One, I feel that I was part of the team that went down last season and I want to be part of the team that is going to fight our way back to where we belong. I look forward to seeing all at the club soon."
Lancashire's head coach, Peter Moores, added: "Ashwell's commitment to Lancashire has always been strong and his return is a real boost to the whole squad. His experience will be invaluable to me as a coach and he will help to accelerate the development of some of our most talented home grown players."
County Cricket News In Brief:
John Hastings will now not join Sussex as their overseas player for the Friends Life t20 as he will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs on his left ankle. The all-rounder enjoyed a good season for Victoria in all formats and will now focus on being fit for the 2013-14 season. Sussex coach Mark Robinson expressed his “disappointment” at Hastings’ withdrawal but wished him well and vowed to find a suitable replacement.
Derbyshire chairman Chris Grant has received a boost in his ongoing attempt at revitalising a previously struggling club. The membership have voted by a huge majority in favour of his plan to disband the old 15-person committee in favour of a new six-person supervisory board.
2012 Championship wooden-spoonists Gloucestershire have been dealt a blow ahead of the new season. Seam-bowlers Ian Saxelby and Paul Muchall will both miss a large part of the 2013 season. Muchall will be out for up to 12 weeks after undergoing a cartilage operation, while Saxelby has a bicep strain and is out for an unspecified period.
Zimbabwe-born all-rounder Glenn Querl is currently on trial with Hampshire after impressing them during pre-season. Querl qualifies as British through residency and will hope to build on an excellent 2012-13 season in Zimbabwe’s Logan Cup competition. He has had spells with Hampshire and Somerset second elevens previously and is a member of the Unicorns squad for the Yorkshire Bank 40.
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