Hampshire close in on overseas target

Sohail Tanvir shared the overseas duties with George Bailey last season Picture: Robin Jones

Sohail Tanvir shared the overseas duties with George Bailey last season Picture: Robin Jones

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Jimmy Adams has hinted Hampshire are closing in on their overseas player for 2014 after admitting they got it wrong last season.

The Hampshire skipper claims the priority is to bring in their foreign recruit.

But it is no easy task, with the Indian Premier League player auction scheduled for early next year and potentially limiting the availability of any signing.

Last season saw Australian batsman George Bailey and Pakistani bowler Sohail Tanvir share the duties.

And while Adams admits it was far from ideal, he has confirmed a high-class strike bowler will be the target – although he was understandably coy on their identity.

Adams said: ‘We are still looking at overseas options for next season. That is the priority.

‘It will be more towards the realms of an all-rounder or a bowler.

‘And we are looking for someone with experience who can, potentially, lead the attack and pass on some of his knowledge to the youngsters.

‘I believe we have made contact already.

‘But it used to be more straightforward. We would have our overseas player from April to September and that was great because it was settled.

‘It wasn’t possible for George Bailey because of his commitments with Australia.

‘The English domestic season is really tough for a bowler and Sohail Tanvir found it tough to play week in, week out.

‘Last year may not have been ideal. It didn’t fit quite right.’

A South African or Australian is at the top of the list as they would fit into the team make-up.

And there is a chance the club could again see two overseas players share the role during the season.

Adams said: ‘I’m hopeful that the side will look very good.

‘And I think everyone will be happy with the guys that we get in. They will be good on and off the pitch, although we may well have a split.

‘But we are trying to be cute and to make sure they fit into the dressing room.

‘So we will see how the IPL pans out but there are things in place.’

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