Buck to stay on Lions’ Caribbean campaign

Leicestershire paceman Nathan Buck is to remain with England Lions for the remainder of their tour of the Caribbean.

The 19-year-old from Ashby-de-la-Zouch was initially called up by the Lions as cover for Liam Plunkett while the Durham seamer was drafted into England’s one-day squad for the latter stages of their series in Australia.

Plunkett has now been forced out of the Lions tour with a left thigh strain. He will return to Durham to continue his rehabilitation in the hope of being fit for the start of the new season.

Plunkett’s misfortune means an extended opportunity for Buck with the Lions, who are competing in the West Indies domestic first-class competition. Buck will now remain with the Lions for their final three matches in the Caribbean.

The Lions go into Friday’s match against Guyana at the National Stadium in Providence just six points behind Jamaica at the top of the table. The Lions meet Jamaica in a potential title decider in their final match of the tour before returning to England on March 29.

Buck’s retention by the Lions continues his impressive development in the last 12 months, having taking 49 County Championship wickets last year in his first full season of county cricket.

Meanwhile, Leicestershire and Midlands rivals Warwickshire have teamed up in a joint ticketing initiative for matches they will be hosting involving India during the forthcoming season.

The counties are offering a joint ticket deal for the first day of the England v India Test match at a revamped Edgbaston on August 10 and Leicestershire’s t20 tour match against India at Grace Road on August 29.

This joint ticket includes an adult ticket for the two days’ cricket for £40 and an under-16 ticket for just £2 in the Press Box Family Stand at Edgbaston.

The England v India Test will be the first international match played at Edgbaston in front of the ground’s new £30 million pavilion. The pavilion is due for a Royal opening in late July and is scheduled to be completed in time for an official handover to Warwickshire on July 1.

Warwickshire say that the development work remains on course despite two recent setbacks. A construction worker was seriously injured in a fall and the steel fabrication company responsible for the high metal content in the new pavilion went into administration.

But Warwickshire’s construction partners Galliford Try have managed to secure the release of all the pre-purchased steel from the company to avoid a potentially embarrassing and costly delay to the pavilion project.

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