Wayne White to leave Leicestershire after rejecting deal
Wayne White has turned down the offer of a contract extension with Leicestershire and is set to join Lancashire.
The all-rounder, who has been with the Foxes since 2009, would have been out of contract at the end of the coming season.
Leicestershire were keen to offer the former Derbyshire player an extension only to discover that White, currently playing in Australia, was seeking a new challenge.
The Red Rose county is now his destination – Lancashire lining up against Leicestershire in Division Two of the County Championship after a disastrous 2012 campaign, which saw them relegated.
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"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," said Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall.
"The Leicestershire 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."
White was Leicestershire's leading wicket-taker in the Championship last season and also contributed useful runs.
He played a total of 51 first-class games, taking 108 wickets and scoring more than 2,000 runs at an average of almost 29.
He was capped after the final match of last summer having guided Leicestershire to victory over Gloucestershire, but clearly views his future as lying away from the East Midlands.
County have a small squad that could be seen as creating a headache for head coach Phil Whitticase.
However, Leicestershire do have emerging all-rounders on their staff.
Shiv Thakor, who is leading England under-19s in South Africa at the moment, fits the bill as does Rob Taylor, who has been called into the Scotland ranks this winter.
The departure of White could see Leicestershire opt to play two spin bowlers more regularly and there is no lack of competition there with veteran Claude Henderson, off-spinner Jigar Naik and young slow left-armer James Sykes all vying for places next season.
"While we are disappointed to lose Wayne, we only want players at Grace Road who have a real desire to play for the club," said Whitticase. "We have sufficient quality to make up for Wayne's departure."