Visa issues compel Andrew McDonald to quit Leicestershire County - Cricket News Update
The Australia-born all-rounder, Andrew McDonald, will not be able to represent the English County Leicestershire, following visa related issues.
Reportedly, the 30-year-old McDonald’s visa status to play County cricket as an overseas player has expired.
Leicestershire’s chief executive, Mike Siddall has also confirmed the news that McDonald is not eligible to serve them in the next season.
Siddall also admired McDonald’s stint with Leicestershire, giving credit to him for helping the side earn victory in the recently concluded Friends Life Twenty20 Championship.
"Visa regulations mean Andrew cannot return next season and we thank him for the impact he has made over the past two years. It's really sad to have to say goodbye to three guys on the playing staff who have made a fantastic contribution
to winning the t20 this year and taking Leicestershire into the Champions League." Leicestershire’s Chief Executive revealed.
McDonald was right on the money with his performance during the Friends Life Twenty20, playing 18 matches, scoring 584 runs, and picking 14 wickets, which eventually helped Leicestershire to win the title.
Meanwhile, the useful all-rounder, McDonald, played reasonably well during the recently finished County Championship Division Two, participating in 5 matches, collecting 312 runs, taking 8 wickets.
He also served Leicestershire in 4 matches of the Clydesdale Bank 40 event, playing just one inning, earning 35 runs.
The right-handed batsman, McDonald’s departure, pushed Leicestershire to seek a quality player to include in the squad for next year’s season.
"It is a major boost for us. There are fewer Twenty20 games next season so it will be important we have a similar type of team. He has shown us all what he can do and we look forward to having him back with us." Leicestershire’s
head coach, Phil Whitticase cited.
The Right-arm fast-medium who has represented Australia in 4 Test matches, played 80 First Class fixtures, scoring 4000, and picking 178 wickets.
He also participated in 86 List A, and 68 Twenty20 games, making 1590 and 1409, bagging 69 and 65 wickets respectively.