Kleinveldt setback for Northants

  • Last Updated: April 11 2014, 14:32 BST

Northamptonshire's hopes of signing South African Rory Kleinveldt have been scuppered by injury.

Rory Kleinveldt: Injury blow
Rory Kleinveldt: Injury blow

Northants, promoted last seeason to Division One of the LV= County Championship, are therefore thwarted for a second time in their bid to bring a new overseas player to Wantage Road.

Their initial shoice was Australian seamer Jackson Bird. Then after he pulled out injured, they announced this week they were set instead to sign Kleinveldt.

But in a short press release, the club confirmed on Friday that the 31-year-old all-rounder is no longer available.

It read: "Rory Kleinveldt was this morning withdrawn from his contract by Cricket South Africa after a knee injury had been diagnosed by their medical team.

"Rory was due to arrive in the UK on Wednesday, and the late decision by Cricket South Africa is extremely disappointing.

"Northants will continue in their search to bring an overseas player to the club for the 2014 season."