Friends Life t20 champions Leicestershire have included Nottinghamshire-bound seamer Harry Gurney in their squad for the Champions League qualifying tournament in India.
Left-armer Gurney was Leicestershire’s leading Twenty20 wicket-taker this season with 23 but was forced to miss last Saturday’s finals day at Edgbaston because of a side strain.
But he is expected to be fit in time for the qualifying tournament in Hyderabad on September 20 and 21 and has been included in the 15-man squad that Leicestershire have submitted to the tournament organisers.
Gurney is to join Nottinghamshire on a three-year contract for next season and will make his farewell appearances for Leicestershire in the Champions League.
Veteran wicketkeeper Paul Nixon will also play his last matches for Leicestershire in India before, finally, he retires. If Leicestershire are one of three sides that progress from the qualifying tournament to the Champions League proper then Gurney and Nixon will have an extra week with the Foxes.
Leicestershire have also included both of their T20 overseas players, Andrew McDonald and Abdul Razzaq, in their 15-man squad along with new England one-day batsman James Taylor.
Taylor would appear to be a candidate to play for England in their two T20 internationals against the West Indies at The Oval on September 23 and 25, though Leicestershire say they have had no discussions with England about his possible unavailability for the Champions League.