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In a shock move, Leicestershire have announced that all-rounder Wayne White has asked to be released from his contract in order to join Lancashire on a three-year deal. White had been one of Leicestershire’s most successful players over the past couple of seasons and had a contract with them for 2013.
Chief Executive Mike Siddall said, “Having entered into discussions with Wayne at the end of the season he advised us that he no longer wished to play for the club. The Board agreed that it would be in the best interest of club and player that he leaves and a deal has been agreed for his immediate move to Old Trafford.”
Head Coach Phil Whitticase added: “While we are disappointed to lose Wayne we only want players at Grace Road who have a real desire to play for the club. We have sufficient quality in the squad to make up for Wayne’s departure, with an excellent group of committed players.”
White joined Leicestershire from his native Derbyshire for the 2009 season and has steadily improved during his four seasons with the club. In 2012, he was their leading wicket-taker in the LV= County Championship with 43 at 29.9 apiece.
Lancashire Director of Cricket Mike Watkinson commneted on White's move, saying, "He is still an emerging cricketer which fits well with our strategy and is adept in all formats of the game. He has had an impressive record over the past couple of seasons which suggests there are better things to come. Wayne will bring additional quality in our seam bowling department and will also contribute with the bat in the middle order."
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