Broad signs for Notts
England pace bowler Stuart Broad has agreed to leave Leicestershire and join Nottinghamshire - the county where his father Chris once plied his trade.
Broad’s future has been the subject of intense debate for much of the summer, and the 21-year-old has ended the speculation by agreeing terms with Nottinghamshire, for whom he will play from next season.
Broad has earned 10 one-day international caps - he made his debut against Pakistan last year - and was considered unfortunate not to be handed a Test bow this summer when Chris Tremlett edged him into 12th man duties.
He is also in the squad which travels to South Africa next month for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20, after excelling in the domestic competition.
But Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell is not concerned about losing his new signing to too much international cricket just yet.
“He’s the best young prospect in this country, and further down the line I’m sure he will be a regular in the England team,” said Newell.
“But he’s still very young with a lot to learn, and we’re really pleased that he has chosen to do that with us.
“If Stuart was already playing regularly in the England team, I would have thought more carefully about signing him. But I think Peter Moores wants him to play more county cricket and develop his game.”
Like the young bowler, father Chris moved to Nottinghamshire after starting his career with another side - Gloucestershire - but both player and county insist that it was a purely cricketing, rather than sentimental, decision.
Newell added: “Obviously Stuart has a strong affiliation with Trent Bridge because his father Chris opened the batting for Notts for many years, but I’m not sure that influenced his decision too much.
“He’s an ambitious young man who is determined to make his own mark in the game.”
Broad, who has taken 112 first-class wickets for Leicestershire since bursting on to the scene as a precocious teenager in 2005, also believes leaving Grace Road is the best way to further his career.
“People will automatically assume that I’ve chosen Notts because I grew up on the boundary edge while my dad was there as a player, but it is very much my decision to move to Trent Bridge,” he said.
“I’m proud to have represented Leicestershire since I first appeared in their under-9s representative side - and I owe the county a lot.
“But I just feel that the time is right for a change, and the chance to move to Trent Bridge is very attractive to me.
“I believe there is no better place for me to play – and continue my improvement as a cricketer in a team capable of winning trophies.”