Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Head Coach Glen Chapple is leading a 10 man squad to Desert Springs this week as preparations step up ahead of the new season, and was in positive mood despite getting confirmation that Australian all-rounder James Faulkner will not be joining up with squad for this year’s NatWest T20 Blast.
Chapple is pleased with the progress of his UK-based players, ahead of the full squad re-uniting, before departure to Dubai and participating in a productive further phase of pre-season, as taking part in the prestigious Emirates T20 Cup.
One noticeable absentee though from Chapple’s plans will be 26 year-old James Faulkner, who has been refused permission from Cricket Australia to play for Lancashire Lightning this summer. Lancashire has received confirmation that Faulkner requires ongoing management of a troublesome knee injury and as a centrally contracted Australian player, such a contract requires Cricket Australia to provide a No Objection Certificate which has not been forthcoming.
Following the additions to the squad of Ryan McLaren, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dane Vilas and Junaid Khan, Chapple believes Lancashire are still in a good place ahead of the new season.
The Lancashire players who have been overseas this winter all return to Emirates Old Trafford before pre-season starts with fitness testing on 6th March.