Warwickshire slow left arm bowler Ant Botha has circulated his details to the other 17 first-class counties after being informed that he might not have a future at Edgbaston.
Botha is out of contract at the end of the season and his mid-season appraisal with Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles was inconclusive.
Botha’s details have now been circulated round the county circuit and Warwickshire are also believed to have cleared the way for him to start talks with any interested clubs immediately rather than wait 28 days, as required by ECB regulations.
Botha, 34, joined Warwickshire from Derbyshire at the end of the 2007 campaign but his last two years at Edgbaston have been frustrating.
Last season Botha played in only half of Warwickshire’s County Championship matches while Pakistan leg-spinner Imran Tahir, the county’s overseas player, was preferred as first choice spinner.
Botha was also troubled by an elbow injury last season which required surgery during the winter.
Having regained fitness for the start of the new season, Botha suffered a knee injury fielding in the opening Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in April and has only just returned to action.
Warwickshire have two more rookie slow left-armers on their staff in Paul Best, who is at Cambridge University, and Chris Metters, the former Devon player who took six wickets on Championship debut against Worcestershire last month.