Amjad's Sussex future in doubt

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Amjad Khan’s future at Sussex could hinge on whether Luke Wright is picked up at the IPL auction next month.

Amjad has not been offered a new deal to stay at Hove after injury prevented him from playing a single game last season.

Sussex are keen to keep hold of the former England seamer if he can prove his fitness but coach Mark Robinson has revealed he is working with a reduced budget for next season so does not have any funds available.

That could change if Wright is successful at the IPL auction with the compensation Sussex would receive for losing the England all-rounder for the start of the season potentially used to finance a deal for Amjad.

Robinson said: “At the moment we have nowhere to go money-wise as I've been asked to trim the budget but things could be different in a month. If Luke goes to the IPL then that will give us some wriggle room financially and another month will also give Amjad more time to work on strengthening his knee.

“Money is very tight at the moment but we like Amjad and what he gives to the team so if we can do something then we will.”

Amjad, 33, had surgery to repair the cartilage in his left knee at the end of 2012 and then broke his arm on his comeback for the second team last June, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

Sussex bolstered their seam attack by signing Jon Lewis in November but have continued to monitor Amjad’s progress over the winter and sent him to a training camp in South Africa with the rest of the squad’s fast bowlers before Christmas.

Robinson is also keen to retain the services of enigmatic spinner Michael Rippon despite admitting he has no money to offer the Netherlands international a new deal.

The left-arm chinaman bowler played three games for Sussex in the YB40 at the start of last season but did not feature after May as he suffered a “crisis of confidence” with his bowling.

Robinson added: “Michael is in the same boat as Amjad in that we just don’t have any money to offer him anything but we are trying to do something creative that will allow him to be here even if he is not on a full contract.

“He is a young player with a lot of potential. His is a hard art and he suffered a crisis of confidence last season but he is getting that back now so if we can come up with a way of keeping him around that would be great.”

Rippon top scored with an unbeaten 44 for the Netherlands in their defeat to Namibia in a World Cup qualifier in New Zealand yesterday.

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