Worcestershire ready to take Bond on board

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London, Feb 8 (UNI) Tearway New Zealand pacer Shane Bond is on the radar of English county side Worcestershire for the 2008 season.

Worcestershire Chief Executive Mark Newton said ''We have contact Shane's agent and we are trying to fully assess the situation because he has Indian Cricket League commitments.'' ''From him being on our radar it has moved on to the situation where we are now talking with his representative,'' he said.

The 32-year-old Bond, who has played in 17 Tests, has indicated that he is ready to retire from international cricket and has signed a three-year deal with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL). He is thus available for the majority of the summer, which makes him an attractive proposition for Worcestershire.

''The fact he would be available all season is clearly attractive, hence the approach to see exactly what the situation is,'' Newton aid.

Although Bond has a long history of injuries, Newton is not too worried, ''He has an injury record but clearly is a very fine bowler when he is playing. We are aware we already have an attack which has some risk attached to it because of injuries (Simon Jones and Matt Mason).'' ''But on the upside if it fires on all cylinders it is going to be a very strong attack. Perhaps this season fate will be on our side. We had a bad time last year with all the floods but maybe our luck will turn this season,'' he added.

''What is clear is if Shane is fit and interested, then you have got to talk to players of that calibre.'' UNI XC AB RKM RK1937

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