Somerset seek new overseas star after Kartik exit

Murali Kartik has called time on his two-year stint with Somerset following their exit at the semi-final stage of the Champions League.

And that leaves the county looking for a new overseas signing for next season as they bid for a first trophy since 2005.

One candidate could be Roelof van der Merwe, who played for Somerset in the first half of this summer’s domestic Twenty20 tournament as cover while Kieron Pollard was away with West Indies.

The feisty South African was also employed by the club in the Champions League as Pollard was contracted to play for eventual winners Mumbai Indians.

It is not clear how much of next season van der Merwe would be available for, but he has impressed Somerset officials during both stints with the county and will be high on their wanted list.

Kartik took 71 first class wickets for Somerset, 45 of them coming in a prolific first season with the county in 2010. This season he took 26 wickets at an average of 34 as well as being a key member of their one-day side.

Somerset are also considering the possibility of recruiting another batsman for next season after scooping a $500,000 (£321,000) prize for reaching the last four of the Champions League.

A frailty in the middle order was responsible for a number of collapses in County Championship cricket this summer and there is a probablity that both Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler will be lost to the England one-day squad again in 2012.

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