Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard has answered questions which fans have posed on social media in light of his squad selection for the current LV=Championship match with Yorkshire.
Maynard revealed that the club had had to de-register Pakistani left arm spinner Abdur Rehman who was therefore not available for this game.
The move is to allow West Indies T20 superstar Chris Gayle to play for Somerset in the NatWest Blast.
The Director of Cricket also explained that Jack Leach was missing from the current squad after suffering concussion after a fall.
Maynard explained: “We had to de-register Abdur Rehman to allow Chris Gayle to play for us and then to allow Abdur to play against Notts [in the Championship at Taunton] in 21 days’ time.
“There was nothing we could do about that because the regulations state that we can only register two overseas players, so we had to de-register Abdur and he is unavailable for this game.”
Pakistan’s Sohail Tanveer is Somerset’s other registered overseas player for this year’s T20.
The Director of Cricket then talked about why left arm spinner Jack Leach was missing.
“People might have thought Jack would come into the equation but he suffered concussion after a fall and he is still recovering from that and could be out for quite a while.
“Jack saw a neuro-specialist during the week and he has been advised to rest and take it easy because he was suffering from dizzy spells and feeling sick after any strenuous exercise. Initially we were advised that he would be able to resume training after two weeks.
“However that is now no longer the case and we will monitor that every two weeks and see what progress he makes. Hopefully he will be able to play some part in this season but it could be long-term recovery as head injuries tend to be.”
Maynard went on: “It’s more of a concern for Jack, but after speaking to the surgeon he gave him the information to relax him a little bit. The hospital initially said he should have been better by now but the neuro specialist has now said it could take a long time.
“We are respectful of that and will help Jack as much as we can with that. In the meantime he can still train but not to maximum intensity and obviously with the bleed he had with the fall it could take a long while to heal.
“Jack was in great form before the injury and pressing his claims for a first team place so this is tough on him. However we are here to support him and we will continue to do that.”
Regarding George Dockrell, Maynard said: “George has been involved a lot with Ireland in the World Cup and the selection for this match was based around the success we had at Trent Bridge so we kept the same formula of the team, with Jim Allenby at six.
Talking about his policy of rotating his bowlers to keep them fresh and avoid injury, Maynard added: “Lewis Gregory is a talent and as a youngster you want to play him in every game but last year he got injured after seven or eight games so we don’t want to risk that so he has been rested for this game.”
We wish Jack all the very best for his recovery and hope to see him back in action at the County Ground before too long.