Surrey To Miss Out On Tait For Twenty20 Campaign
Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait will not be coming to Surrey and playing as an overseas player in this season's domestic Twenty20 competition.
Tait contacted the club raising concerns over his ability to fulfil a 16-game programme having suffered further problems with his troublesome elbow during the Indian Premier League.
Surrey have subsequently cancelled his contract and are now looking for a second overseas player to join Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat for the competition, which gets underway on 1st June.
"On behalf of Surrey CCC I would like to thank Shaun Tait for the integrity he has shown in personally contacting us about his current situation," Surrey's Professional Cricket Manager Chris Adams told the club's website (www.kiaoval.com).
"A player having concerns about his ability to physically withstand a competition is never a good starting point, particularly with an overseas.
"We will now take the chance to assess our other options for filling this role and we are confident we will have a replacement on board before we start the competition at the Kia Oval on Thursday June 2nd."
Surrey begin their campaign against Gloucestershire and had signed Tait, who has taken 87 wickets in 62 Twenty20 matches for Australia, Glamorgan, South Australia and the Rajasthan Royals, to boost their fast bowling options.
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