Cameron White will not be appearing for Worcestershire this season.
The Australian all-rounder, who had emerged as a leading candidate as an overseas player for the Twenty20 Cup, has informed officials at New Road that he wants to use the period for rest.
“He will definitely not be coming,” Mark Newton, Worcestershire’s chief executive said.
Newton also expressed doubt over the signing of Shaun Pollock. “I think he’s out of our price range,” Newton said.
That raises an interesting point. The sums paid to those taking part in the Indian leagues are vast and has allowed the best overseas players to increase their demands drastically. Worcestershire, at least, are reluctant to bow to inflationary pressure and are prepared to take their time to find the right man at the right price.
“It is possible – though unlikely – that we will not have an overseas player in this year’s Twenty20,” Newton said. “It is also possible that Steve Magoffin [the Australian seamer signed for the first part of the season] could stay on.”
Newton also revealed that Worcestershire are against the proposal to allow more overseas players into this year’s domestic Twenty20 competition. While several other counties – led by Hampshire – are campaigning to attract more overseas players into the tournament in a bid to rival the Indian leagues, Newton prefers to focus on ‘home grown’ players.
“We can’t compete in any way with what is happening in India,” Newton said, “and there’s no point trying.
"We’re very keen to encourage our own young players and don’t feel that brining in people from outside for a few weeks will help. Besides, we simply cannot afford to be paying the sums that some of these overseas players are expecting.”