DRAKES League clubs have a vital meeting coming up.
A Home Office official is visiting to explain regulations on signing overseas players for next summer.
The meeting will be held at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, on Wednesday, November 7 (7.30) to outline directives governing non-EU players.
Clubs can have more than one representative at the meeting, which has also been opened to clubs in the Arrow Central League.
The official will discuss legislation for next season and then that which will come into effect for 2009.
Every club in the Drakes League (with the exception of Kexborough) had an overseas player last season, so the effects of the new legislation will be felt across the Premiership, Frank Platt Conference and Cedar Court sections.
Meanwhile, Derbyshire have signed Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene as their overseas player for the first half of next summer.
The 30-year-old batsman will join the club before the end of April and will stay until mid-July.
Jayawardene, currently preparing Sri Lanka for their Test tour of Australia before taking on England in December, has been consistently linked with a move to Derbyshire over the past few weeks.
In that time, they have made four other significant signings – including England one-day all-rounder Rikki Clarke as captain and ex-West Indies batsman Wavell Hinds on a Kolpak deal.
New head of cricket John Morris believes Jayawardene is exactly the right man at the right time as Derbyshire seek to improve fortunes.
“With everything that has happened over the last three or four weeks in terms of players coming to the club, it is even more exciting to think that we have been able to attract a current international captain with the standing on the game of Mahela Jayawardene,” said Morris.
“I knew that he was the right player, after I had spoken to him – and I could tell that he has the desire to play county cricket and contribute both experience and flair to our batting line-up.”
Jayawardene has a Test average of 49.84 and led Sri Lanka to the final of the 2007 World Cup. He has a highest score of 374 – against South Africa last year – has scored 18 centuries and 29 50s and has played in 261 ODIs.
Out-of-favour England keeper Geraint Jones will appear for the All-Star Team in the Hong Kong Sixes this weekend.
Jones has been selected for the event at the Kowloon Cricket Club in place of Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, who is in the one-day series against South Africa.
The Englishman will feature in Shane Warne’s team which includes Brian Lara, Glenn McGrath, Anil Kumble, Craig McMillan and Heath Streak.
Jones said: “Any time you have the chance to play on a team that boasts players such as Shane, Brian, Glenn and all the other guys it is very exciting. I cannot wait to have a crack at this style of the game alongside some of the biggest names in world cricket.”