Warwickshire have included rookie spinners Paul Best and Maurice Holmes in their squad for the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Leicestershire at Edgbaston on May 1.
The absence of senior spinner Ant Botha for up to six weeks with a knee cartilage injury has caused selection problems for Warwickshire who usually include two spinners.
Neither Best, Holmes nor Chris Metters – the other contracted spinner on Warwickshire’s staff – have yet played one-day cricket but Best and Holmes have at least played some first-class cricket.
Slow left-armer Best was called up to replace Botha for the County Championship defeat against Durham at Chester-le-Street, having previously played two matches for Cambridge MCCU.
Off-spinner Holmes played for Warwickshire in their match against Durham MCCU at the Racecourse earlier last month and has also played for Loughborough MCCU against Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.
Holmes, moreover, played for Warwickshire on the pre-season tour to Barbados last month but if he does play against Leicestershire it will be a first opportunity for Warwickshire supporters to see his controversial action.
Holmes has a bowling action uncannily like Muttiah Muralitharan’s and has flexibility in his joints which enables him to bowl the doosra.
Like Muralitharan his action is also controversial. It failed to pass muster with the ECB two years ago but suggested remedial work allowed his action to be approved last year.