Kabir Ali To Stay At Worcestershire
Fast bowler Kabir Ali is to stay at Worcestershire having been unable to secure a move away from New Road by the end of September.
The club had granted him permission to talk to other clubs and would have been due a compensation fee of £60,000 had he agreed to move, but no such move materialised, despite reports that he had been in discussions with Hampshire.
"The Board granted Kabir's wish to talk to other Counties up to 30th September even though he has one more year remaining on his contract," Worcestershire Chief Executive Mark Newton explained.
"If Kabir then expressed a wish to move to another County, he would be released from his contract upon receipt of a compensation fee of £60,000 to the Club.
"Kabir and his adviser, Roger Newman, have informed us that he would like to move to another County but no compensation fee or offer has been forthcoming so Kabir remains in contract and permission to talk to other Counties is no longer in place.
"We do not want to lose Kabir as he is one of the finest seam bowlers in the Country and has been with the Club for 10 years. He is one of our prized players and we need him to spearhead our attack next season.
"Kabir has already told us that if he remained with the Club he would give 100% next season and we know that he will. He wants nothing more than to be out in the middle as it is only out there he can regain his England place which is his and the Club's prime motivation.
"That is the current position as far as the Club is concerned although all lines of communication remain open."
Kabir last played for England in a full international match in July 2006, when England were in a One-Day International at Headingley although he did go on to play in the Hong Kong Sixes England team one year later.
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