Northamptonshire have confirmed that wicket-keeper Riki Wessels and all-rounder Johannes van der Wath will not be returning to the club in 2010 after an appeal over their immigration status failed.
A change in immigration criteria for 2010 saw the county begin the legal process in September 2009 but they have now received the news that the two players will be unable to see out their contracts at Wantage Road.
“We are obviously very disappointed that Johan, who has been with us since 2006, and Riki who has been here even longer, since 2004, will be unable to see out their contracts," chief executive Mark Tagg confirmed in a statement.
“However, we have been aware this scenario could happen and head coach David Capel has been looking at alternatives for some time. The credentials of those candidates that remain available for 2010 season will be looked at closely before any decisions are finalised.”
Head coach David Capel added: “Obviously I’m disappointed for the players at the outcome of this appeal. Johan and Riki have made significant wholehearted contributions to Northants Cricket and the English game during the past few seasons and given much to the club and its supporters. They will be missed by everyone associated with Northants Cricket and I would like to offer my personal thanks to them both for all they have done. ”
"It is necessary to look at all available options open to us, and if we can secure top class fast bowling expertise that we require to spearhead our attack , it is likely we will be entertaining those options. International and other playing commitments could complicate matters further and result in players spending shorter periods of time with us during the 2010 season.”
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