Keaton Jennings is on the verge of a switch to Nottinghamshire, a continuation of the exodus of superstar names from Durham within the months since their financial bail-out by the ECB and subsequent relegation.
While the switch is understood to be counting on Nottinghamshire securing promotion back to Division One in all the County Championship, that’s anticipated to be confirmed within the arrival days. The county are for the time being second within the back of Worcestershire in Division Two, but with a joyful cushion to third-placed Northamptonshire within the promotion places.
The loss of Jennings, 25, Durham’s 50-over captain and an opening batsman whose salvage in 2016 earned him the predominant of his six Check caps on the tour of India closing winter, would be a extra body-blow to a club who lost their other two first-possibility top-three batsmen closing season in Scott Borthwick and Designate Stoneman, who has since taken Jennings’ plot alongside Alastair Cook within the Check aspect.
On Tuesday, it changed into confirmed that Paul Coughlin, Durham’s T20 captain, is additionally heading for Trent Bridge, having changed into down a lucrative contract extension to terminate at Chester-le-Avenue. That call led Sir Ian Botham, Durham’s chairman, to topic an announcement outlining his frustration at the behaviour of “rival counties” which “unsettle avid gamers with promises of First Division cricket, better England alternatives and rapid financial reward”.
That changed into broadly interpreted as a dig at Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket Mick Newell, who combines his county plot with a job as an England selector.
Files that Jennings is to practice Coughlin to Trent Bridge won’t at threat of enhance Botham’s mood.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo