Nottinghamshire’s overseas signing for Specsavers County Championship cricket and the Royal London One-Day Cup will be a batsman, Director of Cricket Mick Newell has confirmed.

The Club have already secured their two non English-qualified players for the Vitality Blast in the shape of skipper Dan Christian and Ish Sodhi, who both played in last summer’s winning team in the 20-over format.

But the decision was made to wait until after the IPL to recruit a player for four-day and 50-over cricket, when availability would be better known.

“We have decided to go for a batsman as we want to strengthen that area of the team and we have put in a couple of offers,” said Newell.

“We have decided to go for a batsman and we have put in a couple of offers.”

“It’s always difficult to make a move before the IPL auction because you just don’t know until after that has taken place who is going to be available.

“Ideally, we would like to have the player in place before the Annual General Meeting (on 26 February) and that’s what we’re working to.”

Last season, Australian pace bowler James Pattinson and Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (pictured above) shared the overseas player role.

Nottinghamshire begin their Specsavers County Championship campaign with a trip to Emirates Old Trafford to play Lancashire on 13 April and return there to begin the defence of the Royal London One-Day Cup they won at Lord’s last July on 17 May.


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