Glamorgan look set to be without Australian overseas star Marcus North for the opening three months of the season because of injury.
The Welsh county already knew he would be absent for for the opening month of the season as his wife was expecting their second child.
But now the 32-year-old has had surgery on injured finger tendons after damaging his right hand while fielding for Western Australia. It is a real blow for Glamorgan’s hopes of making a good start to the 2012 campaign.
North, who has signed a two-year deal with Glamorgan, will now miss the rest of Western Australia’s season. “It’s devastating not to have the opportunity to play the rest of the season,” said North.
The latest North setback will hasten Glamorgan’s move to recruit a temporary replacement. As it stands, county coach Matthew Mott is looking to sign up Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques.
North’s early season absence is not Glamorgan’s only setback of the close season. Hopes that 2011 captain Alviro Petersen would return to Wales were dashed when the South African signed for Essex.