Worcestershire are in talks with Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal about a possible return to New Road next season as their second overseas player in the Friends Life t20.
Ajmal enjoyed a successful first stint in county cricket last season, which was cut short by his international commitments, and is keen on a return to New Road.
Worcestershire, who have already recruited Australia batsman Phil Hughes as their overseas player for all cricket in the second half of the season, have opened talks with Ajmal and his agent but rumours of a possible Pakistan tour to Sri Lanka in June and July have clouded the issue.
“We are keen to being Saeed back, and he is interested in coming back,” said Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale.
“As always there is a question mark over availability and there are rumours of Pakistan going to Sri Lanka for a month in June and July.
“Saeed knows nothing about that tour and there is nothing in the schedule that we can find but it’s something that we shall have to monitor.”
Meanwhile Worcestershire have yet to decide how they will replace Ben Smith, their batting and fielding coach, who is to rejoin Leicestershire as batting coach.
Worcestershire’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes has former seamer Matt Mason as his assistant coach and former county all-rounder Damian D’Oliveira as second XI coach and academy director.
Rhodes will have to decide whether to advertise for a full time replacement for Smith or bring in a specialist batting coach for one-to-one sessions with his players.