Damien Wright’s stint as Worcestershire’s overseas player is over. The 35-year-old Australian suffered a recurrence of a calf injury fielding in the county’s Friends Life t20 defeat by Yorkshire at Headingley on Thursday June 9 and will now return home.
Wright first broke down bowling in last week’s County Championship win over Nottinghamshire at New Road but the injury was later diagnosed as a bruised rather than a torn calf muscle.
He had agreed to extend his stay with Worcestershire by two weeks to cover for Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal whose arrival has been delayed by paperwork problems.
Wright missed last week’s defeat by Lancashire at Old Trafford because of the injury and his hopes of playing against Durham at New Road on Sunday June 5 were washed out by incessant rain.
So the Yorkshire match proved to be Wright’s first and only Twenty20 Cup appearance of the season, leaving Worcestershire with Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as their only overseas player for the upcoming visit of Lancashire to New Road on Sunday June 12.
Worcestershire hope that Ajmal will arrive in time to make his county debut in the t20 match against Derbyshire at Derby on June 15.
Ajmal was in the United Kingdom two weeks ago when he played for Bangladesh in two one-day internationals against Ireland in Belfast, but had to return home to collect his visa and the other paperwork that is required to play county cricket.