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Worcs sign Sri Lanka's Fernando

Dilhara Fernando
Fernando will bolster Worcestershire attack

Worcestershire have signed Sri Lankan paceman Dilhara Fernando as the club's overseas player until the winter.

The 29-year-old will fly in on Friday to be available for the Pro40 match against Hampshire Hawks on Saturday.

He replaces seamer Imran Arif, who is de-registered to make room, as the Bears attempt to cover for the injured Simon Jones, Kabir Ali and Matt Mason.

"I've been looking for a quality replacement and we're about there," said director of cricket Steve Rhodes.

606: DEBATE
"The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has been very helpful as they want Dilhara to play some cricket rather than rest.

"He's obviously a quality player who can bowl with good speed - he's very tall and gets a lot of bounce, which should be good at New Road as the tall bowlers tend to get a bit out of it.

"We welcome his experience at a crucial part of the season as our attack is a little bit depleted."


see also
Jones set to miss rest of season
19 Aug 08 |  Worcestershire
Kabir to miss rest of the season
04 Sep 08 |  Worcestershire


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