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Old 24th November 2012, 21:03   #101
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Leicestershire have named the following eight players in their Academy squad for 2013:

Ben Collins Off-spinner 19
Charlie Taylor Seamer 18
Rob Sayer Off-spinner and right hand top order bat 17
David Tew Left hand top order bat and wicketkeeper 17
Eban Kurtz Left hand top order bat 17
George Corbett Left arm seam bowler and top order bat 16
Danny Murty Right hand top order bat 16
Tom Moores Left hand top order bat and wicketkeeper 16

Surprisingly Aadil Ali, Ramandeep Singh Ghuman, Zain Mir and R Purohit has missed out on selection.

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Old 14th December 2012, 13:08   #102
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Sarwan to be four-day skipper for 2013, with one-day captain Josh Cobb as vice-captain.
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Old 3rd March 2013, 11:39   #103
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Leicestershire have signed Anthony Ireland. Basically a bowling replacement at least for Wayne White.

They will also announce a replacement for Ramnaresh Sarwan, who will be away on international duty for part of the season.
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Old 7th March 2013, 09:00   #104
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Leicestershire have signed Australian batsman Joe Burns as cover for Sarwan - which means he will be around for a big chunk of the season - Mid-May to some time in August.

Recently awarded as Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year, he should undoubtedly be a good asset.
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Old 21st May 2013, 11:46   #105
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Matt Boyce was awarded his county cap today.
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Old 12th June 2013, 09:51   #106
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Is Matt Boyce going to take over the 4-day captaincy when Sarwan is absent? He is captain in the match now. The Leicestershire website rather diplomatically says Josh Cobb "came out of the team". Cobb has been in great YB40 form but not in the longer form and he recently played for the 2s.
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Old 12th June 2013, 14:41   #107
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Just to say that Leicester were excellent on Sunday. Yorks had some young lads & the Foxes were good with them ... even giving encouragement at times ..... & O'Brien was smiling when Gibson (17) was batting with Fisher (15) ... & even kept the grin when Fisher managed to edge a couple of 4s past him. We thought Yorks had a chance when Leic were 7 down for 189, but Taylor & Naik saw the Foxes home
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Old 24th July 2013, 08:40   #108
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Leicestershire have been giving a variety of players a try-out for the 2nds:

- former Gloucestershire opener Grant Hodnett, who has been back playing domestic cricket for KwaZulu-Natal in his native South Africa.

- Karl Turner, another opener, who spent a couple of seasons at Notts, playing five times for them in 2011.

- America-born batsman (also an opener!) Harry Bush, who played for Leeds/Bradford UCCE.

Things have proved very tough overall, with Sarwan ending up hardly there at all instead of all the time as was initially expected, and of course their best products moving elsewhere.

Henderson is retiring and I don't know if this is Hoggy's last season, as it is incredibly hard to find out what is happening at the club; Matt Boyce seems to have taken over the captaincy without any announcement.

Hopefully whatever happens they will find the resources to sign up some players to provide a bit of competition for places.
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Old 30th July 2013, 12:05   #109
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This is Hoggard's final season as he signed a 1 year contract extension at the end of last season, hopefully the club will let him move on and use his big wages on recruiting a couple of decent players.

I'd like to see Sarwan register as a Kolpak player for next season, I just can't see him getting into the West Indies side in any form of the game, they have very settled squads in Test, ODI and T20. It would allow Leicestershire to then bring in a quality opening bowler in as overseas which I believe is a must signing as our bowling looks very poor especially in the Championship.

Joe Burns has gone back to Australia after suffering a recurrence of a hip injury, meaning Leicestershire will be without an overseas batsman for a month as Sarwan takes part in the Caribbean T20 tournament.
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It's going to be a big ask for Leicestershire to step up in CC, as they'd have to make the sort of inspired signings that Northants snared - Crook and Copeland - to have an attack capable of bowling the side to victory.

But this is Freckingham's first full season, isn't it, and he seems to be developing nicely. Williams is also probably a work in progress, after a very injury-interrupted career so far. And Ireland has only played twice.

I think their best prospects could be in t20, where they can make the most of the guys like Taylor (superb of late), Ireland, Cobb etc with the ball. They showed, albeit too late, what they can do in the last couple of games.

Maybe if they could sign a really explosive/experienced batsman for the top order for t20 who can put those vital extra 20-30 runs on the scoreboard and help the younger players build their innings it would be a big help. They have the basis of a decent side. Greg Smith, incidentally, had an outstanding tournament.
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Smith has been very good for us this season in YB40 and T20, would like him to get more runs in the CC but after last year he's come a long way. We're likely to make a profit this year with regards to finances after good gates and revenue from T20, and with Henderson retiring and hopefully Hoggard leaving, that should free up some decent money for a couple of quality additions like Northants have done.

Freckingham has been very good in the CC in his first year. Sarwan is likely to be the only overseas player next season due to the change in format for T20, but Whitticase will make a decision closer to the time.

We're not far off in the CC just need a couple of quality players to make us competitive. I'd like us to bring in a Kolpak player, a lot of counties have them on their books and they make a big difference to their performances eg Hall; Prince and Ervine. Murray Goodwin is looking for a 2 year deal at a county, he'd be a very good experienced signing for our youngsters and add that bit of steel and quality to our batting.
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Leicestershire are discussing Phil Whitticase's position at the club, he is currently still head coach but they are looking to move him into an 'aside' or 'upstairs' position. I'm sure many Leicestershire fans will rejoice with me at this news. Due to financial reasons the club might look to appoint a new head coach from within the club, but I'm hoping we can attract Paul Nixon, Darren Maddy or Phil Simmons. Claude Henderson may also get the chance as he is retiring at the end of the season and would be an appointment from within the club. Personally I don't mind him as a coach either. I'm just glad we're changing coach, fingers crossed.
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I'm sure many Leicestershire fans will rejoice with me at this news.
Why is this?

I don't get the impression anyone could have done better given the meagre resources made available for players and better players being enticed away as well.
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Why is this?

I don't get the impression anyone could have done better given the meagre resources made available for players and better players being enticed away as well.
I've spoken to a lot of Foxes fans in the last few hours who are happy with this, as am I. I agree the budget is tight but I don't think people realise there are other counties who operate on a similar budget to us and possibly even smaller, who have looked good and improved each year eg Derbyshire and Northamptonshire.

The budget we do have has been wasted on poor acquisitions for me such as Malik, Williams, Joseph, Ireland and Hoggard in some respect and thats just the bowlers. These guys are all injury prone bowlers who may do well in the odd game but aren't season campaigners anymore. Why do we still have Henderson on our books when he hasn't played a single game this year?

We've had some very good players at the club too but failed to build a side around them, resulting in them leaving such as Ackerman, Allenby and recently James Taylor. You could argue that the youngsters wouldn't have ever stuck around at Leicestershire but if we were challenging for promotion each year then who knows.

With our finances, the fact that we are looking to appoint a new head coach, it just shows that the board and members have become increasingly frustrated over the last few years at the lack of improvement.
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That seems a fair enough observation.

As I stated elsewhere on the forum, Northants' made three inspired bowling signings in Crook, Copeland and Azharullah, while last year Derbyshire similarly had three or so bowlers who stepped up and took 40-50 wickets.

A team needs those sort of ingredients, plus at least one experienced head in the top order who is really reliable for 1,000 runs. Without that sort of framework in place, success isn't going to happen.
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That's the route we need to take, rather than signing 3/4 decent players we need a couple of quality players, mainly bowlers, as Sarwan will be back for next season that gives us a bit of steel in the batting. Good players are available every season, hopefully the new coach will spend the budget more wisely.
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Gemaal Hussain is set to leave Somerset. he took 67 wickets for Gloucestershire in 2010.

he took 8-9 (yes, eight for nine) in a recent seconds match, so I'm sure he won't lack suitors.
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Maurice Chambers' contract is up.

It's only a couple of years since he was in the England performance squad. There's a quality bowler in there which isn't going to be fulfilled under Grayson at Essex.

He could easily follow in the footsteps of Chris Wright and Tony Palladino - he's more talented than either.
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Maurice Chambers' contract is up.

It's only a couple of years since he was in the England performance squad. There's a quality bowler in there which isn't going to be fulfilled under Grayson at Essex.

He could easily follow in the footsteps of Chris Wright and Tony Palladino - he's more talented than either.
I was impressed with him 3 years ago, though it is a fair point that he's hardly fulfilled his potential since then.
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Phil Whitticase has become Director of Cricket although he will still have small coaching duties. Batting coach Ben Smith and bowling coach Lloyd Tennant will share the coaching duties for the 1st and 2nd XI sides. This restructuring will begin immediately and will remain until the end of the season. Not sure what will happen after that at this stage.
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