Morecambe Cricket Club have announced former Northamptonshire all-rounder Vishal Tripathi as their professional for the 2013 season.
The Woodhill Lane side had hoped to retain Pakistani international Umar Amin but had to look elsewhere due to financial constraints.
Chairman Tommy Clough said: “With Umar the club had wanted to keep him but had to give back word on his contract when we realised the position we were in financially with all the games being called off last year.
“There’s not point bringing someone over and not being able to pay them and a lot of clubs are in a similar position because having the games called off means you don’t have people in your bar and what not.
“I spoke to Umar a couple of weeks ago and it was kind of mutual because he’s back in the Pakistan squad and would’ve missed large parts of the season.
“Bringing someone English in means you don’t have to fly them in, pay for the accommodation and all the extra bits.”
Clough revealed the club had tried to sign Tripathi, a right-handed batsman who also bowls leg spin, when he was an amateur with Burnley and were delighted to have finally secured the signature of a player who will also represent the Unicorns in the first-class Clydesdale Bank 40 this year.
“He played in the Lancashire League with Burnley and we tried to sign him a few years ago when Mark Lomas was captain,” said Clough.
“It didn’t come off and he got the chance to play first-class cricket for Northamptonshire for a season and his stats weren’t too bad but he was released.
“He played for Wolverhampton last year and living in Burnley he was looking for somewhere more local and we jumped at the chance.
“He seems like a good lad and I’m sure he’s someone who will do well for us.”
Morecambe start their Northern Premier League season at Leyland on April 20.
The club’s nets begin this Wednesday, January 9, players old and new are welcome between 8 and 9pm at Heysham High School.