Jeetan to play for Warwickshire

March 30th, 2009 - 8:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Napier, March 30 (IANS) New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel has become the fourth player from his country to secure an English county contract for this year.
Patel is to join Warwickshire - national coach Andy Moles’ old county - as their overseas professional for the coming season.

The other three players with contracts in place are all-rounder James Franklin (Gloucestershire), opening bowler Iain O’Brien (Leicestershire) and ODI international Grant Elliott (Surrey).

Patel, who is playing in his sixth test, against India here, was recommended to Warwickshire by Moles. He is due in England for the opening game in the championship, against Somerset starting April 15.

“He’s committed in everything he does and he’s a great team man,” Moles was quoted as saying in the New Zealand Herald.

The 28-year-old is expected to have no restriction placed on his bowling workload by New Zealand Cricket, the only stipulation being that he is “reasonably handled”, according to the county.

Only Patel will play in the first division championship. The other three players’ counties are in the second division.

All of them will be strong contenders for the World Twenty20 championship in England June 5-21.

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