Kent to fight for Kemp
Spitfires refuse to lie down after ECB cancel deal
By Joe Drabble. Last Updated: 10/04/08 5:23pm
Kent have revealed they will continue their appeal process after prospective Kolpak signing Justin Kemp lost his registration appeal to the ECB due to his links with the inaugural Indian Cricket League.
The South African all-rounder was one of 14 players to have lodged an appeal with the ECB after their original applications were turned down - Kemp being one of four players to lose out when the board announced its decision on Thursday.
Derbyshire target Wavell Hinds, Northants pair Andrew Hall and Johann van der Wath and Gloucestershire's Hamish Marshall were all originally rejected due to their links with the ICL, along with Kemp.
Gloucester re-launched their appeal for the services of Marshall and were successful after the ECB overturned their original decision and granted the New Zealander permission to rejoin the Gladiators.
Kent will be hoping for a similar outcome with regards to Kemp, and chief executive Paul Millman insists the club will continue their appeal.
Mr Millman told the Kent Messenger Group: "Because we feel we have such a strong case and have acted with absolute integrity throughout, we will continue with the appeal process.
"I have asked the board to send me the relevant paperwork and once that arrives I will have a clearer idea as to the timescale.
"I would like to think this could be heard within days rather than weeks and at this point it would be our intention to fly Justin over from Cape Town so that he can appear in person at the hearing."
Kent's director of cricket Graham Ford was responsible for signing Kemp in 2005, and he revealed the anguish the Proteas all-rounder has felt after the appeal was rejected.
"I chatted with Justin this morning (Thursday) and he's very, very disappointed," said Ford.
"He is absolutely desperate to play county cricket and is intent on fighting this all the way.
"Playing Twenty20 in the ICL was just something to fill the gap between seasons and earn a few quid after cutting his ties with South African cricket.
"He can't go back and play in South Africa and is far too young for retirement, so playing for Kent is where he really wants to be and, like the rest of us Justin believes he has a genuine case."