White's all right for Red Rose
All-rounder Wayne White has been allowed to move to Lancashire, his former club Leicestershire have revealed.
White has been an impressive performer over the last couple of seasons, yet has headed to Old Trafford after stating his desire to leave Grace Road.
Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall said: “Having entered into discussions with Wayne at the end of the season he advised us that he no longer wished to play for the club.
“The board agreed that it would be in the best interest of club and player that he leaves and a deal has been agreed for his immediate move to Old Trafford.”
Head coach Phil Whitticase added: “While we are disappointed to lose Wayne we only want players at Grace Road who have a real desire to play for the club.
“We have sufficient quality in the squad to make up for Wayne’s departure, with an excellent group of committed players.”
The Derby-born 27-year-old turned professional with his home county in 2005 and in 2008 joined Leicestershire where he was awarded a county cap at the end of last season.
White, a right-handed batsman, has scored over 3,000 runs in his professional career and has taken over 300 wickets with his seam bowling.
His first-class batting average was just below 30 last season, having been above that mark the previous two campaigns. His bowling equivalent was a shade under 30 in 2011 and 2012.
Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson said: “Wayne will bring additional quality in our seam bowling department and will also contribute with the bat in the middle order.
“At 27 years old he is still an emerging cricketer which fits well with our strategy going forward and is adept in all formats of the game.
“He has had an impressive record with Leicestershire over the past couple of seasons which suggests there are better things to come.”
Head coach Peter Moores added: “It is great news that Wayne has joined us at a very exciting time for the club both on and off the field. Wayne is a rapidly emerging cricketer whose passion to improve and win trophies will match that of the rest of the squad.
“He will give us the depth we need to compete in all three competitions and create healthy competition within the squad for a position in the first team.
White said: “I am delighted to be joining Lancashire County Cricket Club and I am excited at the prospect of challenging for trophies in all three formats.
“Playing at Old Trafford is something I am really looking forward to. The club has put a lot of work into redeveloping the ground and securing the Ashes Test match for this year. Hopefully, as a playing group we can make it a memorable one on the field for Lancashire too.
“Working with Peter Moores and his staff is a great opportunity for me and I am excited by his plans for the playing squad.
“I have enjoyed my time with Leicestershire, and it will be a wrench to leave, but I am looking forward to a new, exciting chapter in my career with Lancashire and to be part of a successful playing squad.”