Henderson and Naik sign new Leicestershire deals

Leicestershire have retained the services of spin twins Jigar Naik and Claude Henderson on new two-year contracts.

The deals will see the two spinners remain at Grace Road until the end of the 2013 season, decisions that have delighted Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall.

“Both Claude and Jigar are an integral part of the club’s bowling attack and their form over the past few seasons has been excellent,” he said.

“Claude’s four overs for only eleven runs in the Friends Life t20 final strangled the life out of Somerset and Jigar’s consistency in the four-day game has been excellent this season.”

Former South Africa slow left-armer Henderson and Leicester-born off-spinner Naik have been key figures throughout their time at Leicestershire.

Henderson is the leading t20 wicket-taker in Leicestershire’s history and he has also taken more than 300 first-class wickets for the club with a best of seven for 74. He was the first Kolpak player in county cricket when he first joined Leicestershire in 2004 but he has since qualified as a British citizen.

Naik, the first Leicester-born Asian to play for the county, topped the national bowling averages in 2010 and is Leicestershire’s leading first-class wicket-taker this season with 48.

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