Matt talks about the team selection for the Yorkshire game.
On Sunday evening Matt Maynard the Somerset Director of Cricket answered one or two queries that had arisen regarding the team selection for the LV=Championship match against Yorkshire.
Firstly Matt talked about the non-availability of Pakistani left arm spinner Abdur Rehman.
“We had to de-register Abdur Rehman to allow Chris Gayle to play for us and then to allow Abdur to play against Notts in 21 days time
“There was nothing we could do about that because the regulations state that we can only register two overseas players, so we had to de-register Abdur and he is unavailable for this game.”
The DOC then talked about why left arm spinner Jack Leach was missing.
“People might have thought Jack would come into the equation but he suffered concussion after a fall and he is still recovering from that and could be out for quite a while.
“Jack saw a neuro-specialist during the week and he has been advised to rest and take it easy because he was suffering from dizzy spells and feeling sick after any strenuous exercise. Initially we were advised that he would be able to resume training after two weeks.
“However that is now no longer the case and we will monitor that every two weeks and see what progress he makes. Hopefully he will be able to play some part in this season but it could be long-term recovery as head injuries tend to be.”
Matt went on: “It’s more of a concern for Jack, but after speaking to the surgeon he gave him the information to relax him a little bit. The hospital initially said he should have been better by now but the neuro specialist has now said it could take a long time.
“We are respectful of that and will help Jack as much as we can with that. In the meantime he can still train but not to maximum intensity and obviously with the bleed he had with the fall it could take a long while to heal.
“Jack was in great form before the injury and pressing his claims for a first team place so this is tough on him. However we are here to support him and we will continue to do that.”
Regarding George Dockrell, the DOC said: “George has been involved a lot with Ireland in the World Cup and the selection for this match was based around the success we had at Trent Bridge so we kept the same formula of the team, with Jim Allenby at six.
Matt added: “Lewis Gregory is a talent and as a youngster you want to play him in every game but last year he got injured after seven or eight games so we don’t want to risk that so he has been rested for this game.”