McKay inks deal with Leicestershire

"We are absolutely thrilled to sign Clint, he will add a lot of experience and quality to the team"

“We are absolutely thrilled to sign Clint, he will add a lot of experience and quality to the team”

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Australia pace bowler Clint McKay has agreed to sign with Leicestershire as their overseas player for the 2015 County season.

Leicestershire have endured a disastrous season this year as they are set to finish at the bottom of the Division Two County Championship points table with no wins next to their name.

However, the signing of McKay will bolster Leicestershire’s hopes of having a better season next year, especially since he has represented Australia in 59 ODIs and taken 97 wickets at a brilliant average of 24.37 .

This is not the first time McKay will be playing county cricket in England as he has represented Yorkshire in the past.

“We are absolutely thrilled to sign Clint, he will add a lot of experience and quality to the team,” Leicestershire director of cricket Phil Whitticase said. “Clint has an excellent track record both at international and domestic level, and we look forward to him complementing and working alongside our young bowlers at the club.

However, Leicestershire will be on the lookout for more star players as they have already lost numerous talents, including Josh Cobb, Nathan Buck and Shiv Thakor.

“The club regrets that a number of home-grown players have decided to leave Grace Road at the end of this season,” a release on the club’s website said. “Those players were offered good deals at the club but sadly decided that their futures lie elsewhere.

“It is not a case that we are ‘letting go’ of these players. They have turned down contracts here and signed them elsewhere. Sadly, this is out of our control.

“It is certainly not our intention to lose our best players, and we did everything in our power to keep them at the club.”

The club’s website added that Leicestershire “is continuing to work hard in recruiting experienced players for the 2015 season and hopes to be in a position to announce more positive news in the near future.”

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