Monday 19 May 2008 

Wavell Hinds To Stay With Derbyshire As Kolpak Player

Derbyshire have been boosted by the capture of West Indian international batsman Wavell Hinds as a Kolpak player for the rest of the season.

The 31-year-old left-hander was expected to join as an overseas player for the Twenty20 Cup period after his Kolpak registration was initially refused by the ECB.

The ECB have, however, backtracked on their stance against registering players who took part in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League - leaving the door open for Hinds to join as originally planned.

Hinds is set to make his debut for John Morris’s side in the LV County Championship match against Worcestershire which begins, at Queen’s Park Chesterfield, on Friday 6th June.

He is a veteran of 45 Tests and 114 One Day Internationals scoring a total of 10 hundreds and 28 fifties in international cricket.

An aggressive left-handed batsman who plays with flair and looks to dominate bowlers, Hinds’ highest Test score of 213 came against South Africa in 2005.

Hinds has been a consistent run scorer for his country in both forms of the game, maintaining an average of 33.01 in Tests and 28.92 in One Day Internationals.

He also has 7119 first-class runs to his name at an average of 34.55 and with 28 One Day International wickets at 29.89 a piece, his medium-pace could also prove to be a handy option during the course of the season.

Head of Cricket John Morris said: “After all of the trials and tribulations and the obstacles we have faced – it is great that Wavell is finally joining us.

“He should have been here from April and it is disappointing that he has missed out on the early part of the season.

“However, being able to add a player of his calibre to the squad from the beginning of June is a terrific boost.”

© Derbyshire CCC