Warwickshire are likely to attempt to bring back New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel as their overseas player next season having failed to lure slow left-armer Gary Keedy from Lancashire.
Keedy was offered a three-year contract by Warwickshire but he turned down that deal to stay with the new county champions on a new two-year contract.
Warwickshire had hoped that Keedy would provide an experienced spearhead to their spin attack to allow Chris Metters, another slow left-armer, time to develop.
Metters made encouraging progress in his debut season with Warwickshire but he is still learning his trade as a spinner having only recently converted from seam.
Having failed to land Keedy, Warwickshire are now expected to turn their attention to Patel who enjoyed a successful second stint at Edgbaston in the middle of the season and who took 15 wickets in back-to-back wins over Sussex.
Patel is keen to return to Edgbaston and Warwickshire are expected to open contract talks with him. Patel’s return would prevent Warwickshire re-signing West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul as an overseas player though he would still be able to play county cricket if he opted to become a Kolpak registration.
Chanderpaul’s future as one of the West Indies centrally-contracted players is due to be decided next month.
Meanwhile, Warwickshire have re-signed former England wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose on a new two-year contract.
Ambrose considered his future last year after he lost his place in Warwickshire’s first team and was weighed down by personal problems. But he returned to form this season and has now committed himself to Warwickshire until the end of 2013.
Former Surrey batsman Laurie Evans, who made a favourable impression in his limited first team opportunities, has also agreed a new two-year deal and Warwickshire are close to completing the signing of former Essex seamer Chris Wright who had a successful spell on loan at Edgbaston in the final month of the season.