Kleinveldt withdrawal serves the County with another blow

Northants chief exectuive David Smith
Northants chief exectuive David Smith

Northamptonshire have been dealt another dud hand with the news that Rory Kleinveldt has withdrawn from his contract to be the club’s overseas player.

The South African, who put pen to paper on a deal only yesterday (Thursday), was advised by Cricket South Africa, who he is contracted to, to pull out of the deal due to a knee injury.

It leaves a squad already decimated by injuries looking even thinner and chief executive David Smith couldn’t hise his disappointment with the development.

He said: “He’s centrally contracted so his employers have the control.

“He was keen to come and we wer at a very advanced stage of the deal concerning flights and visas but I got a call at 10am this morning to say it was all off.

“It’s extremely disappointing as it’s at such a late stage but we’ll have to deal with it and move on.”

That will necessitate another trawl through the international availability list, a scenario that Smith says will be far from straightforward.

He added: “It’s difficult as there’s the IPL, New Zealand play the West Indies and South Africa play Sri Lanka so you’re left to pick the bones out of all that.

“We had a plan B for if Jackson Bird didn’t come and now that plan has come to nothing.”