Katich says no to Warwickshire

Australia batsman Simon Katich has turned down the chance to make Warwickshire his sixth county.

Warwickshire had offered the 35-year-old left hander a short-term contract for the first two months of the season but Katich has decided to stay in Australia.

“We offered him a contract but Simon wasn’t happy with the volume of cricket he would have to play and he wasn’t sure that Cricket Australia would have cleared him to play for us,” said Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles.

Katich, who has played for Durham, Yorkshire, Hampshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire already, is recuperating from an Achilles tendon injury which he suffered in the second Test of the recent Ashes series in Adelaide.

Warwickshire are seeking a locum overseas player, and possibly a permanent one, because Younis Khan has opted to take part in Pakistan’s Test tour of the Caribbean during April and May.

Warwickshire have not yet written off Younis as a potential overseas player for the rest of the season but he has not endeared himself to the county by changing his mind about going to the Caribbean, a tour he initially suggested he would miss.

Giles is now scouring the globe for potential replacements but Australia batsman Marcus North will not be coming to Edgbaston.

Warwickshire contacted North, who also has extensive county experience with Derbyshire, Durham, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Lancashire, but the Western Australia player has domestic commitments in the first two month of the English season.

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