Derbyshire will take their time to find a replacement after paceman Kane Richardson pulled out of his Twenty20 stint with the county. The 28-year-old was due to take part in the 20-over competition as one of the Falcons’ overseas players but has been called into the Australia World Cup squad as a replacement for the injured Jhye Richardson.
The 50-over showpiece is due to begin later this month and concludes on July 14, meaning Richardson would have had little rest before switching to county duties. Derbyshire released a statement saying he had “requested to be released from his contract in order to manage his workload this summer”.
The club’s head of cricket David Houghton felt the Aussie would have been a great addition to the ranks but is confident they will still land a top player well before the tournament gets under way. “We are disappointed to lose Kane but we’re progressing nicely in finding a new overseas bowler,” he said. “There are several players available to us, but we won’t jump at the first option.” “We’ve got a talented squad here and we need a player who can complement our side.”