Northants make approach for Hussey

Former Northamptonshire captain Mike Hussey has been approached by the club about a possible return after announcing his international retirement this week

Former Northamptonshire captain Mike Hussey has been approached by the club about a possible return after announcing his international retirement this week

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Northamptonshire chief executive David Smith has admitted that the club are interested in signing Mike Hussey for the domestic Twenty20 this season.

The 37-year-old Western Australian retired from Test cricket earlier this week and is bound to attract interest from other counties given his record in the shortest form of the game.

To that end, and having played at the club from 2001-2003, Smith is hoping that he will be keen to renew old ties.

He said: “We’ve put something to him and we’ll have to wait and see how far it goes.

“He’s got some roots here and launched his career in some regard, he knows Rips (head coach David Ripley) well and we think that it is realistic.

“It would be good for the club from a playing point of view becuase he is a fantastic player and also from a commercial angle to have one of the best in the world here.

“It’s about the all-round package and having someone of that calibre here would benefit the young players we’ve got.”

And with the Indian Premier League - Hussey plays for the Chennai Super Kings - not having any impact on the county game’s Twenty20 competition, Smith believes it would be an atractive package that would be offered.

He added: “It’s the last chance to do this kind of thing as next year it becomes a 10-week competition.

“It would be for three-and-a-half weeks only which would mean not too long away from home.

“Things have to settle down over there after his international days have finished and it will be up to him to decide.”