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Friends Life T20 2012 Quarter Final Draw

The quarter-final line-up of Friends Life T20 2012 has been decided. Somerset, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Essex today joined Sussex, Hampshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire v Hampshire

Somerset v Essex

Sussex v Gloucestershire

Yorkshire v Worcestershire

The quarter-finals will be played on July 24 and 25 and finals day is on August 25 at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff.

Mark Ramprakash announces retirement

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has announced his retirement from cricket.

Ramprakash, 42, has scored 35,659 first-class runs including an astonishing 114 centuries.

Ramprakash made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1991 playing for England in 52 Test Matches and 18 One Day Internationals until 2002.

His highest International score of 154 came in Barbados in 1997 and he will also be remembered for his superb 131 against Australia at The Oval in 2001.

However, it was in the domestic game that Ramprakash proved himself to be one of the most special players for many generations. He played his first match for Middlesex aged just 17 and went on play 211 times for the north London club scoring 15,046 runs at 50.48.

Speaking today, Mark Ramprakash said, “It has been a huge privilege and honour to represent Surrey CCC for the last 12 seasons.

“It has been a very enjoyable period of my life and I would like to thank all staff, coaches, team mates and fans for their tremendous support.

“I feel lucky to have had a long playing career and I would like to think that I can give something back to the game. I am excited about what the future holds for me and am looking forward to new challenges.”

Richard Thompson, Chairman of Surrey County Cricket Club added: “Mark Ramprakash is one of the greatest batsmen to ever grace the game of cricket and to have him at our club for the last eleven years has been an extraordinary honour.

“Both on and off the field he had class, grace and eloquence and it is a testament to his incredible commitment and work ethic that he was able to continue his career as long as he did.

“The retirement of Mark Ramprakash marks the end of era for both our club and the game of cricket and – on behalf of everybody involved in our sport – I would like to wish him the very best in whatever the future holds.”

Harbhajan Singh Signs for Essex

Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh has agreed to join Essex Cricket for the second half of the 2012 season.

Harbhajan will be available to play in the outstanding 8 LV= County Championship matches through until the end of the season, plus the county’s seven remaining matches in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.

His first appearance is scheduled for the match with Gloucestershire at Cheltenham on July 11th – subject to receiving a UK visa in time.

Essex Head Coach Paul Grayson has welcomed the signing saying, “We are delighted to have signed one of the best spinners in world cricket over the last 10 years or so.

“Harbhajan is a great character who is a match winner and I believe that his winning mentality will rub off on the rest of the playing squad here at Essex.

“I am really excited at the prospect of having him in the squad and this signing for the second half of the season shows that Essex mean business and will continue to fight in the LV= County Championship & Clydesdale Bank 40 formats of the game.

Harbhajan, 32, has played 98 Test Matches for India and 227 One Day Internationals. His Test appearances have yielded 406 wickets with a career-best 8-44 against Australia at Chennai in 2001 while he has also taken 7 wickets in an innings for India on six occasions. The right-arm off-spinner has also claimed 255 one-day international victims.

As an attacking-minded bowler who is highly regarded for his ball control and ability to vary his length and pace, Harbhajan is amongst the top ten of highest wicket-takers in Test history and is the third-highest Test wicket-taker among all Indian Test bowlers.

He made his Test debut in 1998 against Australia at Bangalore.

He is no stranger to Chelmsford having taken 7-83 and 1-23 when Essex met India in a drawn match at The Ford County Ground back in 2002. His haul of victims in the first innings included his 300th wicket in First-Class matches when he dismissed Jon Dakin.

Kevin Pietersen back from the IPL to play for Surrey

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been named in a 13-man squad for Surrey’s LV=County Championship match against Worcestershire this week.

Pietersen is included in the Surrey squad for the first time this season having returned from a winter with England and playing in the Indian Premier League with the Delhi Daredevils.

George Edwards, who has been in excellent form with the ball for the Surrey Second XI, has also been included in the squad.

Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker are both away with the England Lions who play the West Indies in Northampton this week.

Surrey and Worcestershire met earlier in the season at the Kia Oval but the weather had the final say as the game ended in a draw.

Surrey Team Director Chris Adams said, “We are looking forward to getting back to playing Championship cricket again.

“Because of the weather our last game against Durham was washed out so it is over a fortnight since we played in the Championship and it will be good to get back into four day cricket.”

“We are delighted to have KP back with us and he will be looking to make a real impact as he gets back into the rhythm of playing the longer form of the game.”

“Once again our preparation has been thorough and by getting back to back wins in the CB40 competition last week we have spent quality time in the middle.

“That time will be of real benefit to us as we take on a good Worcestershire side once again over four days.”

The match had initially been switched switched to Kidderminster due to flooding at New Road but it has now been decided that the ground has recovered sufficiently for the match to be played in Worcester.

Ajmal Shahzad joins Lancashire on loan

Lancashire have recruited Yorkshire and England fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad on loan for the remainder of the 2012 season.

Shahzad was made available by his home county Yorkshire last week which allowed the Club to secure his services following an injury to all-rounder Tom Smith and a possible doubt over the arrival of overseas player Junaid Khan.

Shahzad tweeted: “Great feeling to be back into cricket today! Appreciate Lancashire for having me on a loan agreement till the end of the season.”

Lancashire’s Cricket Director Mike Watkinson said, “With Tom Smith being ruled out for at least a month after tearing a hamstring and Pakistan set to announce this week their squad for a series in Sri Lanka this summer, which could mean us missing out on bringing Junaid back, the availability of a hugely talented and experienced bowler comes at a good time for us.”

Lancashire’s Head Coach Peter Moores added, “We are delighted to bring a bowler of Ajmal’s quality into our squad.

“He will join a strong seam attack, giving us the depth needed to compete on all fronts. He is known for his competitive nature, which will fit perfectly into the set-up at Lancashire.”

Since making his debut for Yorkshire in 2004, Shahzad has featured in over 100 appearances for the White Rose club.

He made his England Test debut at Old Trafford during the second match against Bangladesh in 2010. He has also played in 11 One Day Internationals for his country.

Shahzad will travel down to Hove with his new team-mates for Lancashire’s LV= County Championship match against Sussex which gets underway on Wednesday.

Peter Siddle ruled out for Friends Life T20

Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle will not be available for the Friends Life t20 competition this year due to injury.

Siddle had been due to join Essex for the competition’s group stages which are played in June and July.

Siddle returned early from the Australian tour of the West Indies after complaining of some lower back soreness.

There are no long term fitness concerns, however the fact that Peter will require a month of rest before commencing a rehabilitation programme has made it impossible for him to take part in the tournament this year.

Essex’s head coach Paul Grayson said, “We are very disappointed Peter can’t make it to Essex following his injury.

“We understand that when we sign any overseas player that there is a risk of an injury or international duty so we now have to look at other options with a plan b for another overseas bowler.”

The Club is considering its options for his replacement and wishes Peter a full and speedy recovery.

England cricket player availability

England management have determined the following availability of centrally and incrementally contracted players as well as those without a contract who have recently returned from Sri Lanka, ahead of first Test versus West Indies.

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen is set to play for Surrey in the County Championship against Worcestershire after his return from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012.

England cricket player availability

James Anderson (Lancashire) – Available for LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire (May 2-5).

Ian Bell (Warwickshire) – Available for all cricket from April 16 up to and including Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Derbyshire (May 13).

Ravi Bopara (Essex) – Available for all cricket.

Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire) – Available for LV= County Championship matches against Kent (April 26-29) and Leicestershire (May 2-5).

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire) – Currently unavailable, continuing rehabilitation following calf injury. Expected to be available in early May.

Alastair Cook (Essex) – Available for all cricket from May 2 up to and including Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Worcestershire (May 13).

Steven Davies (Surrey) – Available for all cricket.

Steven Finn (Middlesex) – Available for LV= County Championship matches against Durham (April 19-22) and Worcestershire (May 3-6).

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) – Currently unavailable due to Indian Premier League commitments. Available for all cricket from May 15.

Monty Panesar (Sussex) – Available for all cricket.

Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire) – Available for all cricket.

Kevin Pietersen (Surrey) – Currently unavailable due to Indian Premier League commitments. Available for LV= County Championship match against Worcestershire (May 9-12).

Matt Prior (Sussex) – Available for LV= County Championship matches against Warwickshire (April 26-29) and Lancashire (May 9-12) and tour match against West Indies (May 5-7).

Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire) – Available for LV= County Championship matches against Lancashire (May 2-5) and Middlesex (May 9-12).

Andrew Strauss (Middlesex) – Available for all cricket from April 16 apart from Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Netherlands (May 14).

James Tredwell (Kent) – Available for all cricket.

Chris Tremlett (Surrey) – Currently unavailable, continuing rehabilitation following back surgery.

Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire) – Available for all cricket from April 23 up to and including Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Derbyshire (May 14).

Ramnaresh Sarwan signs for Leicestershire

Leicestershire have signed West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan as their overseas player for the 2012 season.

Sarwan, who averages more than 40 in both tests and ODIs for the West Indies, has joined for the entire 2012 season subject to clearance from the West Indies Cricket Board and a UK Work Permit.

The batsman will link up with the team in Barbados in mid-March on the pre-season tour and fly to the UK shortly before the start of the season.

Chief Executive Mike Siddall said “We are delighted to have completed the signing of Ramnaresh Sarwan.

“He has an impressive Test record and his availability to play all forms of the game for us during the 2012 season is an added bonus. We wanted to sign an experienced overseas batsman and Ronnie certainly fits the bill.”

The 31-year-old Sarwan has compiled 5,842 test runs and 5,644 in ODIs while having a strike rate of 104.19 in t20 internationals.

Sarwan has made four of his tons in the fourth innings of a test; that is a record he shares with Sunil Gavaskar, Ricky Ponting Graeme Smith and Younus Khan.

Sarwan is also a useful leg spin bowler, having taken 23 test wickets in his career. He has picked up 54 across all first-glass games and 37 in List A/t20.

Saeed Ajmal re-signs for Worcestershire for T20

Worcestershire have confirmed Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will return to the club for the duration of this summer’s Friends Life t20 competition.

Ajmal, who played for Worcestershire last season, was man of the series in Pakistan’s whitewash of England.

He collected 24 wickets in just three matches including his career best Test bowling figures of 7-55.

“I really enjoyed my time at New Road in 2011 and look forward to returning this summer to help inspire the club to Friends Life t20 success,” said Ajmal, who is ranked second in the ICC’s Twenty20 bowling rankings.

Ajmal will join Worcestershire as their second overseas player for the domestic T20 competition, along with Australia batsman Phil Hughes, who is with Worcestershire for the entire 2012 English county season.

Ajmal’s previous spell for the County saw him take 16 Friends Life t20 wickets at an average of just over 11, with an economy rate of less than 6 runs per over.

Worcestershire director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, said “Saeed showed last summer when playing for us what a quality bowler he is.

“His recent performances against England only go to back this up and we are delighted that he has agreed to return to New Road for a second time.”

Herschelle Gibbs joins Durham for T20

Durham Dynamos have added the explosive South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs to their Friends Life t20 line up for the 2012 season.

Gibbs, who has been playing in the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers alongside Durham’s Paul Collingwood, has played 90 Tests as well as 271 ODIs for South Africa.

He has scored 3,050 runs in T20 cricket and has previous played in the FLt20 with Glamorgan in 2008 and Yorkshire in 2010.

“Durham is committed to on the field development and have real ambitions to progress in T20, which is what attracted me to the club,” Gibbs said.

“There is some massive talent in the dressing room and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve.

“I’ve been performing pretty well in the t20 format and I think I can offer some real variation to the side.

“I’m looking forward to my experience contributing to plenty of Durham wins.”

Head coach Geoff Cook added: “It is a real coup for us to be able to bring a player of Herschelle’s calibre to our set-up for the T20 competition.

“It just goes to show that Durham’s reputation as a progressive and successful club can attract quality players who want to help us win trophies.

“I’m excited by the prospect of having Herschelle in our team and I’m confident that he will add an extra dimension to our batting line up and some real personality out there in the middle.”