Nadeem Malik's transfer to Leicestershire has moved a step closer after Worcestershire formally agreed his release to the club.
Malik, who was contracted at New Road until the end of 2009, has now agreed a compensation package with Worcester-shire and has been "100 per cent cleared" to move to Grace Road, in the words of Pears chief executive, Mark Newton.
Leicestershire will be the 25-year-old seamer's third county. He moved to New Road from Nottinghamshire before the 2004 season and, though he claimed five for 88 on first-class debut for Worcestershire (against Kent), his record of exactly 100 wickets in four seasons (36 first-class matches) at a cost of 36.49 apiece was a source of frustration to director of cricket Steve Rhodes.
This year proved a particularly disappointing season. With fate providing more opportunities for Malik, there were high hopes that he could fill the boots of the injured Matt Mason and the mis-firing Doug Bollinger. Twenty Championship wickets at 63.66 apiece were a poor return, however, and his departure from New Road appeared inevitable from the moment the club loaned him to Nottinghamshire in August.
Malik's new deal will be finalised when Tim Boon, Leicestershire's director of cricket, returns to the country next week. Unlikely though it sounds, Boon is currently in Uganda furthering the club's aim to become "a global brand." n David Whittingham is to resign from the Warwickshire committee to pursue business opportunities in the north of England.
Whittingham, who was finally elected unopposed to the club's committee at the fourth attempt in February 2004, will shortly be moving from Birmingham to Yorkshire and is also standing down from the committee of the Midland Branch of the Cricket Society. His wife, Cassandra, is originally from Yorkshire.
Whittingham, 44, chaired the club's heritage sub-committee and served on the membership, marketing and public relations sub-committee. He was seen by some as representing the 'true fan' and was a regular spectator at Warwickshire games, both home and away. Applications for those wanting to stand for election to the committee close on November 30.