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Kabir fails to show for Pears

Wantaway seamer remains at odds with Worcestershire

Kabir: contract dispute

Kabir Ali's contract dispute with Worcestershire has taken another twist with the wantaway seamer failing to report for pre-season training.

"Hopefully it can be sorted out as soon as possible because he is a top player."

Steve Rhodes

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The former England paceman, 29, has one year left on his deal but wants to quit New Road and join Hampshire.

Worcestershire, however, will not allow him to leave unless Hampshire, or any other county, agree to pay £60,000 in compensation.

And Kabir could face disciplinary action after failing to turn up with the rest of his team-mates this week to start preparations for the 2010 campaign.

"Kabir has not reported back for pre-season training this week," confirmed Worcestershire director Of cricket Steve Rhodes.

"He is still in dispute with the club. It is a contract dispute. That is all I can say.

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"Hopefully it can be sorted out as soon as possible because he is a top player."

Rhodes is desperate to keep hold of Kabir's services after losing wicketkeeper Steven Davies and off-spinner Gareth Batty to Surrey and opener Stephen Moore to Lancashire at the end of last season.

But Kabir has made it clear since the tail-end of the 2009 campaign that he wants a fresh start after playing for Worcestershire for nearly a decade.

He was their leading wicket-taker with 59 victims in 2008 but last season was restricted by hamstring and back problems to a handful of appearances.

Kabir was unavailable for comment.