Calf injury makes Wright doubtful for Twenty20 role

Australian seamer Damien Wright may have played his last match for Worcestershire this season having suffered a calf strain on the third day of the County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at New Road.

This match was always intended to be Wright’s last but he had agreed to Worcestershire’s request to stay on and play in their first five Friends Life t20 matches after it became clear that Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal would not arrive in time.

Ajmal, who was playing in one-day internationals against Ireland in Belfast over the weekend, cannot simply hop over the Irish Sea and link up with Worcestershire.

Instead he has to return to Pakistan to collect a visa and then return to England before reporting for county duty.

Wright is due to have a scan on June 2 but the chances of him prolonging his Worcestershire career beyond the Nottinghamshire match already appear remote.

“He’s gone in the calf and the truth is that we will know a little bit more about it when he has a scan,” said Worcestershire’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes.

“It was iced as soon as he came off. It could be a tear, it might not be tear, it might be a little strain, it might be a heavy cramp which I doubt.

“We will find out a little bit more when it’s had time to settle but also eventually when he has the scan.”

Worcestershire have yet to name their squad for the Twenty20 opener against Lancashire at Old Trafford but Aneesh Kapil, a 17-year-old all-rounder from Wolverhampton, is likely to be included.

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