Taylor given permission to speak to other counties

Leicestershire are resigned to losing their prized asset James Taylor, having given the England one-day international batsman permission to speak to other counties.

Taylor, 21, has a year remaining on his contract at Grace Road and was offered a one-year extension by Leicestershire only last week.

But the contract remains unsigned and Taylor has now told Leicestershire that he would like to move with immediate effect.

Leicestershire do not want an unhappy player in their ranks and have reluctantly agreed to allow Taylor to talk to other counties but they have made it clear that they will be seeking a compensation payment for the loss of a player who progressed through their youth system.

“We would not want to lose James Taylor, but we have to be alert to the realities of the situation,” said Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall.

Taylor was the subject of an audacious approach from Warwickshire, who offered a substantial compensation payment plus a possible player-exchange, in mid-season.

Leicestershire rejected that approach but Warwickshire will renew their interest in Taylor although their offer of compensation is likely to be significantly less than the £95,000 in their initial bid.

Nottinghamshire, the club closest to Taylor’s home near Melton Mowbray, are believed to be the other strong candidate to sign one of the brightest batting prospects in English cricket.

Taylor captained England Lions this year and made his one-day international debut in the win over Ireland in Dublin in August.

He was overlooked for the subsequent one-day internationals against India and the two T20 internationals against the West Indies and is understood to believe that playing for a county that finished as County Championship wooden spoonists for the second time in three seasons may have damaged his international prospects.

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7 Responses to Taylor given permission to speak to other counties

  1. Adrian Day says:

    I hope he does not sign for Warwickshire, they have not acted well in this instance. Approaching another teams player whilst he has a year to run on a contract is not on.

    • Rohan says:

      Adrian, you are wrong. Warwickshire asked Leicestershire for permission to speak to the player and have done nothing wrong at all. To suggest otherwise is incredibly facetious.

      • Adrian Day says:

        I may have worded it badly but they still unsettled another teams player whilst he had a year on his contract. Not on.

  2. greg wade says:

    always been against a transfer system in cricket but think the time
    is now right all the time and effort put into james by leicestershire
    and the reward could be significantly less than £ 95000 pounds i realise
    there would also be money from the ecb when james goes on to play for england.But the system seems very unfair when all the best players end up
    at the counties with the most money with very small rewards or the counties that
    try to produce young english cricketers surely a county with warwickshire funds should be able to produce more players than chris woakes .How long before the money counties come calling for Nathan Buck,Jigar Naik,Josh Cobb and in the future Shiv Thakor seems to me the only answer is a transfer system disgruntled foxes fans

  3. mark stannard says:

    I hear hes off to Middlesex.

  4. Nigel Owen says:

    Not to mention the extra ‘bonus’ of Warwickshire being able to dangle the carrot of their Director Cricket also being on the England Selectors Panel. That conflict of interest needs removing asap.

  5. David says:

    If he has a half a brain Somerset is the place to go…