Worcestershire have withdrawn their attempts to sign India international Ashish Nehra as their overseas paceman for the second half of the season after increased wage demands.
Nehra was lined up as a replacement for West Indian quick Fidel Edwards, who was forced to withdraw through injury, and despite originally agreeing terms, the deal has now been called off.
"The deal had been cleared with the Indian Cricket Board and we were expecting him to come and join us pretty much straight away," said Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton.
"But then he came back to us asking for more money and saying the deal started too soon. As a result, I can confirm he will not be joining us."
Newton believes the huge financial rewards available in the Indian Premier League have made it more difficult for counties to sign overseas players.
"It has been extremely difficult to find a suitable overseas player," he said.
"The Indian Premier League has changed everything. Prices have gone through the roof."