July 20, 2012
Former England batsman Vikram Solanki will leave Worcestershire at the end of the season to join Surrey.
Solanki’s contract expires at New Road at the end of this season and the county are unable to renew his deal. The 36 year-old has been with Worcestershire for 20 years. It is well documented that Worcester have struggled financially in recent times.
Surrey announced earlier in the week that they were looking to recruit batsmen after the tragic death or Tom Maynard, as well as Rory Hamilton-Brown taking a break from the game and Mark Ramprakash retiring.
It has become quite common for Worcestershire players to move to Surrey in recent times. Gareth Batty and Steven Davies mad the move two years ago. Surrey have traditionally been able to pay players a higher salary to that of counties like Worcestershire.
Solanki represented England in 51 one-day internationals and 3 Twenty20 matches. He made his debut for Worcesteshire back in 1995 and has since scored nearly 27,000 runs in all competitions.
Speaking of the move Solankio said “Surrey have offered me an exciting chance to finish my career at the Kia Oval, I’m incredibly grateful to Worcestershire for giving me a chance all those years ago.”
The Scoop 20/07/12