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Styris stays to replace Sarwan

Veteran all-rounder Scott Styris will remain with Leicestershire Foxes for the Royal London One-Day Cup in place of injured overseas batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Sarwan has been advised by Leicestershire’s medical team to undergo further rehab on an ongoing back problem and will return home to the Caribbean.

Styris replaces the 34-year-old batsman, who has been sidelined since June 15, and is set to skipper the side with limited-overs captain Josh Cobb also injured.

Cobb suffered a displaced fracture in his right thumb during the Foxes’ seven-wicket defeat to open their 50-over campaign against Derbyshire Falcons on Sunday.

Leicestershire are unsure how long Cobb will be ruled out for, although he will at least miss tomorrow's trip to Essex Eagles.

Scott Styris is set to skipper Leicestershire Foxes away to Essex Eagles tomorrow after signing to remain for the Royal London One-Day Cup

The confirmation Styris will remain on – after he had originally only signed for the NatWest T20 Blast – at least softens the blow with Sarwan now concentrating on regaining fitness before next year’s World Cup and then a return to Leicestershire next season.

“I am naturally very disappointed to have had my season cut short at Grace Road this season,” Sarwan said.

“It has been a frustrating time not being out in the middle with the lads and I want to wish all the players and the coaching staff the best of luck for the rest of the season.

“I am confident that this time to recuperate and undergo my rehab will give me the best possible chance of representing the West Indies in next year's ODI World Cup and I have my eyes set on returning to county cricket in 2015.”

Leicestershire director of cricket Phil Whitticase added: “We would like to thank Ronnie for his contribution to the club, it's a massive shame that the injury has restricted his performances for us this year.

“Ronnie is a high-class player and we would like to wish him all the best in his rehab as he looks to fulfil his dream of playing for the West Indies again.”

Styris amassed almost 4,500 runs in one-day internationals for New Zealand during his career, including four centuries with a highest score of 141. He also claimed 137 wickets at an average of 35.32, including a best of 6-25.

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