Search for bowler goes on
KENT CHAIRMAN SAYS CLUB ARE LEAVING NO STONE UNTURNED AS THEY LOOK TO RECRUIT AN OVERSEAS STAR FOR 2010
GEORGE KENNEDY says that Kent are exploring every possible avenue in an attempt to recruit an overseas player for next summer.
The Kent chairman admits a bowler remains the county’s priority, but finding one who can commit for more than a few weeks is proving difficult.
Mr Kennedy said: “We’re in the market and we are talking to one or two players, but next year there is so much international cricket. It’s all about finding the right guy who is available for a reasonable period.
“In an ideal world we would break the season into three parts and have a quickie at the start of the season, maybe a batter in the middle and a spinner at the end.
“That would be Paul Farbrace’s (Kent head coach) choice but whether that can be achieved is something else.”
Mr Kennedy said the club are always looking to strengthen the squad, but he does not expect too many before next summer.
He added: “For the first season back in the first division (of the LV County Championship), we’ve got as strong a squad as we could have.
“Experienced players like Rob Key, Martin van Jaarsveld and Geraint Jones are all on new contracts and there are also young players coming through.
“Sam Northeast had a reasonable start to his first class career and he’ll be pressing. Then there were several others who did well when they were blooded in the Pro40.”
Mr Kennedy revealed that the county are still deciding where to hold next season’s home matches in the new Friends Provident Twenty20 Cup.
The club will have eight home games rather than the usual five and Tunbridge Wells and Beckenham are both in the running to stage matches alongside Canterbury.
Mr Kennedy explained: “The game we had at Tunbridge Wells last year was hugely successful and I’d be very surprised if there were not more matches there next season.
“For a start there are more matches which means there are to more to go round.”
Talks are also continuing about a possible return to The Mote. The club last played there in June 2005 when they were beaten inside two days by Gloucestershire – a result which led to Kent being docked points for preparing an unfit pitch.
“The relationship with The Mote is good and they would love to have us back, but conditions have to be right,” said Mr Kennedy.
“It was not us but the ECB pitch inspectors who condemned the pitch and I think the authorities would want to be pretty sure that everything was okay before we went back. However, from what I’ve heard it’s looking a lot better.”