Worcestershire's Kabir Ali And Batty Extend Contracts

Two of the County's senior players have extended their contracts with the Club. Both Kabir Ali and Gareth Batty have committed themselves to the Club by extending their contracts until the end of the 2010 season. Kabir has been with the County for nine years and Gareth Batty moved from Surrey in 2002. Chief Executive, Mark Newton, says "As with any team, you want to strike a balance between youth and experience. Having international experience, both Kabir and Gareth are senior players and form part of the backbone of our squad. Both had very good seasons in 2007 and we are delighted they have committed to Worcestershire in this way as they will not only help us achieve more playing success but also help mentor the younger players in our squad." "The Club now has a squad of 18 fully contracted players for 2008 with an overseas player still to be signed" continues Newton. "We are proud of the fact that 17 of these players are eligible to play for England. The 18th player, 17 year old Alexei Kervezee, is playing regularly for Holland. We have openly stated we would prefer not to go down the Kolpak route although we would never rule it out completely." © Worcestershire CCC
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