Into the storyline:
Former England bowler Ashley Giles appointed as a Sports Director for Warwickshire in December last year, revealed in his latest briefing that they can’t give assurance over a contractual agreement to Surrey batsman Dom Sibley, who joined the club temporarily on loan.
“We didn’t do it for Brian Lara when he came. We don’t give contractual guarantees to anyone,” Giles was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Sibley has recently rejected a three-year deal from English County Club, Surrey, as he is looking forward to joining Warwickshire owing to the new horizon for the next season on the permanent basis.
“All of our conversations with Dom [Sibley] have been about playing all forms and playing at the top of the order,” Giles asserted.
In order to bring stability and overhaul the squad, the 44-year-old and former left-arm orthodox bowler Giles was handed over a job to help in yielding the results in favour of the club.
“Dom has told me the reason he is leaving is that he feels his opportunities at Warwickshire would be greater,” the Director of Cricket for Surrey Alec Stewart was quoted as saying by Sky Sports after the departure of the Epsom-born Sibley.
However, the 21-year-old right-handed batsman has opted to join Warwickshire for the remainder of the season, before parting the way with Oval based club from 2018.
“He’s someone capable of playing all forms. He bats at the top of the order which we need. We need to be strengthening that area,” Sibley maintained.
Gearing up for an Opportunity:
The reports suggested the management at South London-based club is disappointed with the move of the promising batsman after starting off at the age of eight with the club, as he is now looking to grab the greater opportunities.
While admitting the fact that Warwickshire is having a tough time in the middle, as he expressed there is need of such players to strength the set-up for the foreseeable fixtures under the leadership of Ian Bell.
“We have a lot of experience there but we need some quality in depth. We’ve done our homework and we believe he’s got leadership potential down the line too,” Giles concluded.
Giles has, however, shown full faith in the batsman while saying he is a quick learner of the game and having great potential to go a long way after observation the game of Sibley in the domestic circuit.
Making an Appearance:
Sibley has featured in 30 first-class games in which he has amassed 1,533 runs at an average of 34.04, as with his off-spin bowling he has also bagged four wickets.
Moreover, Sibley played 14 Twenty20 games and 12 List-A games after bursting into the domestic set-up in 2013.