Sussex in tug-of-war with England over Wright

Sussex are hoping common sense will prevail and they can play all-rounder Luke Wright in their floodlit Friends Life t20 game against Glamorgan Dragons in Cardiff on Thursday June 23.

Wright is due to link up with the England squad that same day ahead of the T20 international against Sri Lanka on Saturday June 25, but Sussex hope that he will get dispensation to play for his county as Stuart Broad’s squad is based only 40 miles away in Bristol.

Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson said: “We are still in discussions over Luke. The England squad is due to meet up on Thursday but we are playing only an hour up the road so I hope common sense comes into the equation.”

England have stopped Matt Prior from playing in either the Glamorgan game or in the subsequent match against Somerset in Taunton the following evening, but Robinson hopes the Test wicketkeeper will be back for the top-two South Group clash against Hampshire Royals in Southampton on Monday June 27.

Robinson added: “Matt is contracted by England and we have to abide by their decision but it is disappointing from our point of view as you always want your best players.”

Sussex will at least have Pakistan pace bowler Umar Gul available for the rest of the t20 campaign after his arrival at Hove, having belatedly secured his work permit.

Gul will share overseas duties with compatriot Rana Naved while South African Wayne Parnell, who is to take over as overseas player for the rest of the season at the conclusion of the t20 campaign, recovers from a hamstring strain.

Robinson added: “We’re thrilled to have Umar with us at a stage when we’re looking to continue making an impact at the top of the table.

“In Umar and Rana we have two of the best Twenty20 bowlers in the world. It’s a mouthwatering prospect to think we will have the pair of them at our disposal.”

Sussex have won five of their seven South Group games so far with one defeat. Last week’s home tie with Kent was washed out without a ball being bowled.

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