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Vikings miss out on Miller’s return

— 18 June 2013

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club can confirm that David Miller will not be returning to play for the Club in the Friends Life t20 competition this summer.

It had been hoped that the South African batsman would play a number of game for the Yorkshire Vikings but he has informed the club that he needs a period of rest in advance of his country’s one-day and t20 tour of Sri Lanka.

Yorkshire first team coach Jason Gillespie has stressed that the Club fully appreciates Miller’s position and that relations between the Club and player remains very good.

“We are a little bit disappointed that David’s not going to join us but we fully understand the reasoning behind the decision,” said Gillespie.

“He’s been away from home for about three months when you include his commitments with South Africa and the Indian Premier League.

“We initially thought that we would have him for the two-week window before his country’s tour to Sri Lanka but the feeling now is that he needs a break before that tough trip.

“We had a good chat with Dave – he loves the club and we’re in contact with him every week, even through the off -season – and he was completely honest with me. He said he very much wanted to come back but he really needed a break.

“Martyn Moxon and I had a good long chat about it and we agreed that if the lad is feeling like that, we’d just make the call and tell him that’s okay. He’s a guy we highly respect and value, so the hope remains that we can get him next year or the year after. We’d love him to be part of Yorkshire’s future.        

“But the situation now is that we are without an overseas player for this year’s  t20 competition.”

The Club will now consider the availability of other overseas players, but Gillespie has stressed that Yorkshire will not be rushed into making a decision.

“We will explore opportunities and if someone can commit themselves for the whole time that is something we will consider,” added Gillespie. “But I don’t want to get any random player.

“I want to get someone of quality, I want to get guys who are game-changers, and if that doesn’t happen we are quite comfortable that we’ve got the players to get the job done.”


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