Australian opener Marcus Harris has turned down the opportunity to return to Leicestershire next season, with the county issuing a strong statement on his decision
Leicestershire have issued a strong statement revealing that Australia international Marcus Harris has rejected a “twice improved offer” to return to the county next season.
Harris enjoyed an excellent spell at Grace Road this season, topping the club’s batting averages in both the County Championship and the One Day Cup.
In four-day cricket, Harris scored 655 runs in 13 innings at an average of 54.58 and he also made 232 runs in four innings at an average of 58.00 in the One Day Cup.
As a result, it is no surprise that Leicestershire were keen to bring him back next year.
However, Harris looks set to be plying his trade elsewhere on the county circuit, with Leicestershire revealing that he “intends to accept a substantial offer from another County”.
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In a statement, Leicestershire said: “Leicestershire County Cricket can confirm that despite offering Marcus Harris a twice improved offer following his impressive 2021 campaign in Leicestershire, the Australian top-order batsman will not be joining for 2022.
“As a Club, we wanted Marcus to return to the Uptonsteel County Ground, however, we understand that he has received and intends to accept a substantial offer from another County.
“Whilst disappointing, we understand and appreciate Marcus’ stance and of course wish him well in his future cricket.
“The recruitment team at the Uptonsteel County Ground are continuously working hard to be able to recruit exciting overseas players that will have the same impact as the ones for the 2021 campaign”.
Leicestershire’s CEO Sean Jarvis added: “Marcus has been brilliant for us and has showed what he is capable of.
“He handled himself with great professionalism at all times, and we wish him well on his next chapter. For Leicestershire, we have to work within our budget and sustain our business in the appropriate way.
“Our budgets are always going to be tightly controlled and we have to work within those whilst we try and build our business further in order to reinvest. That will take time and we need the continued and growing support of our community.
“For now, our recruitment team will continue to search and attract overseas players who are wanting to work with our exciting and developing squad.
“Last year our overseas players really contributed, and we once again will be searching for those type of players.”