The search for an overseas addition goes on

County chief executive David Smith
County chief executive David Smith
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Northamptonshire remain on the lookout for an overseas player despite their latest setback.

The non-arrival of Pakistani seamer Sohail Tanvir - the third such case of a deal being agreed then falling through - was a body blow an injury-hit squad can ill afford.

But, as chief executive David Smith admiited, this hasn’t deterred them from yet again entering the market.

He said: “I’m going to sit down today (Friday) with Rips (David Ripley) and Stephen (Peters) and we’ll have a look where we are.

“It’s extremely difficult as there aren’t a lot of players out there but we know the areas in which we’re lacking so we’ll keep on looking.”

Having struggled with the bat in their three County Championship outings so far, an argument could be presented to suggest the club would be better served searching for an overseas batsman.

But while Smith didn’t rule this out, neither did he endorse this particular line of thinking.

He continued: “Our budget allows us to have two overseas players and split it like last year.

“We’ve prpbably got rounds four to 11 of the Championship to cover and if the others think a batter is the way to go then we’ll have a look at it.

“My thought is that the likes of Ben Duckett and Rob Keogh need to be playing and that we would be better served by bolstering our seam bowling.”