Robinson defends signing of foreign trio

 

Cricket manager Mark Robinson has defended Sussex’s decision to strengthen their squad with three players not qualified for England.

New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent is applying for British citizenship after agreeing a one-day contract with the county while Pakistan left-arm swing bowler Naveed Arif has a Danish passport and South African all-rounder Kirk Wernars a Dutch passport.

Sussex still have a squad made up predominantly of local players and many like skipper Mike Yardy and England wicketkeeper Matt Prior have been developed through their age group system.

They also did try to bring in Ryan Sidebottom and Ben Phillips during the winter before both players opted to join different counties.

Robinson said: “We know we have a lot of different responsibilities – to produce England players, home-qualified players and win trophies – and we make all our decisions about players as a club including financial considerations.

“We discussed it at length but believe we have made the right decisions. It has been a long winter to get to a position where we have as many areas of the squad covered as we have, but they are all exciting signings.

“I’m happy because we have got all the players we want, including our home-grown lads, on two or three-year contracts and have brought in cover for three areas in the squad we felt were weaker which are an all-rounder, a seamer and destructive batsman.”

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