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English counties keen on Boje, Kallis

Published: Monday, December 4, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: English county cricket clubs have approached the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) to allow two of its top players to join them. UCBSA managing director Dr Ali Bacher confirmed that Leicestershire had asked for all rounder Nicky Boje to become their overseas professional and Glamorgan wants to recruit star bowler Jacques Kallis. Dr Bacher said he had been told by letter that Glamorgan would be making an offer to Kallis and Leicestershire coach Jack Birkenshaw had telephonically spoken to him about Boje. Birkenshaw was Boje's mentor during his early first-class cricket career at Free State and probably wants Boje for his status as one of the top limited over players in the past year. He was named man-of-the-series in both the tours to Australia and in the home series against New Zealand. But the UCBSA are reportedly not very keen to allow their top players to become involved in a heavy county cricket schedule during what is supposed to be their winter rest period. South Africa have a hectic schedule until May 16, with the home series against Sri Lanka starting fresh from the one against New Zealand, which is just ending, and then the tour to the West Indies. The players are then allowed a break until September when they travel to Zimbabwe for a Test series. The UCBSA previously said the low injury rate this season has been due to matches being spread out with adequate rest periods for the players. Dr Bacher said he would meet Boje and Kallis later this week to show them the hectic schedule ahead for South Africa in the next season and to discuss the offers from the English clubs with them.

India Abroad News Service

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