Top 5 Transfer over the Winter So Far......
With the cricket season nearly up on us once again. I am going to compile the top 5 transfers of the winter to date (Feb. 8, 2010). With so many ins and outs going on this winter and the change in the Kolpak ruling, the English counties have been busy working on developing squads over the winter.
The change in circumstance at Worcestershire have meant a few players have left Grace Road for pastures new. Along with a face to shine in the England team pending on his development over this forth coming summer. So here are my top 5 players who have moved this winter.
5. Jim Allenby (Glamorgan CCC)
After a remarkable Twenty20 season with Leicestershire Jim Allenby was the name on everyone's lips. He has become a house hold name with his power hitting in Limited-Overs games and has decided to join the Welsh county Glamorgan for the 2010 season. This will be a major boost for Glamorgan as they try to rectify a miserable season last time around. Allenby brings strengh in the batting and also has a knack of taking key wickets when needed with the ball as well. A true all-rounder and a player to keep an eye on this season to come.
4. Matthew Hoggard (Leicestershire CCC)
A major spearhead in the 2005 Ashes victory for England, has found life quite hard since the South Africa tour in 2006. Being dropped from England then being dropped by his county Yorkshire at the end of last season has meant Hoggy has had to find a new patch to swing on this season. Leicestershire are looking to become a main team again this season and with the like of James Taylor at the club, there is a bright future for them.
3. Steven Davies (Surrey CCC)
Steven Davies is fast becoming the future of the stumps in English cricket. He's a slick keeper along with his power batting have been talked about for the last few seasons. With tough times on the horizon at Worcestershire, Davies has had to leave Grace Road and head South to Surrey, who themselves are renovating their squad.
Davies and Batty have both come to Surrey with ambition for big things and along with Kabir Ali and Steven Moore, Worcester have lost their prize assets ahead of the new season. Will Surrey's gain really be Worcestershire's loss though?
2. Stephen Moore (Lancashire CCC)
Stephen Moore is tipped for big thing's in the future and the England Lions batsman has joined one of the main county teams in England for 2010. The loss of Mal Loye was a major blow for Lancashire as he has been a major fixture of the team for the past 5 seasons. But Moore's arrival send shockwvaes through English cricket at Lancashire's intent for this season, and with bowlers like Sajid Mahmood and Gary Keedy in the ranks, could Lancashire end their long awaited trophy-less years?
1. Kumar Sangakarra (Lancashire CCC)
As a sign of Lancashire's intent, they have moved to sign up the World Ranked Number 3 Batsmen in the World, Sri Lanka Captain Kumar Sangakarra. Along wiht the arrivals of Stephen Moore and ex West Indies international Daren Powell, Lancashire have the core basis of a Championship Winning Team for 2010. With the added return of Cult Hero Andrew Flintoff to boot, Lancashire are going to be a force to reckon with this season. Sangakarra is a world class batsman and would walk into any World Team, this is a major scoop for the Red Rose County and this is the reason why he is Number 1.