TOM KOHLER-CADMORE has joined Yorkshire with immediate effect amid reports that Worcestershire threatened not to select him again after he expressed his intention to move to Headingley.
As reported in The Yorkshire Post, Kohler-Cadmore verbally agreed to join Yorkshire for next season, when he would have been out of contract at New Road.
But the deal has been brought forward amid suggestions that Worcestershire are furious at the 22-year-old batsman’s decision to leave, which saw him dropped for last week’s County Championship match against Sussex.
As such, it is hardly a surprise that the deal has been brought forward, although there are no suggestions that Kohler-Cadmore or Yorkshire have acted improperly, with the club making an official 28-day approach as per regulations concerning out-of-contract players.
In a terse statement on his club’s website, Tom Scott, the Worcestershire chief executive, said: “Worcestershire County Cricket Club have mutually agreed with Tom Kohler-Cadmore and his representative of the immediate release from his contract with the club.
“We would like to thank Tom for the contribution he has made at New Road and wish him continued success in the future.”
Kohler-Cadmore, who came up through the Yorkshire system before winning a scholarship at Malvern College, has signed a three-year deal. His family lives in East Yorkshire and he will link up with his new team-mates next week.
Yorkshire say the player will be unavailable to play against Worcestershire this season, with the clubs potentially meeting in a Royal London Cup semi-final on Saturday week.
Commenting on his move, Kohler-Cadmore said: “Obviously, it was a massive decision to move back home, and I find it incredibly exciting.
“Yorkshire was my childhood county – I played in the U13s, 14s and 15s – and I can’t wait to join what I see as the best club in the country.
“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in, and part of my decision to move was to challenge and test myself in what is a great environment and a very strong squad.
“Hopefully, this will help me improve and push me on to higher levels.”
Kohler-Cadmore, who is understood to be unhappy that his spell at New Road ended in such circumstances, added: “I’ve loved my time at Worcestershire, and it will always have a special place in my heart.
“I’d like to thank them for all the opportunities they have afforded me, as well as the support I’ve received from both the players and fans throughout.”
Yorkshire was my childhood county – I played in the U13s, 14s and 15s – and I can’t wait to join what I see as the best club in the country.Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, said: “Tom is a highly talented player and someone who will hopefully go a long way in the future.
“He’s very ambitious, he wants to play for England eventually, and he’s a solid, well-rounded young man.
“He’s only 22, so he’s obviously not the finished article.
“But he’s someone who knows where he wants to get to and is prepared to work hard to get there.
“We look forward to welcoming Tom, and he will undoubtedly strengthen our top-order, as well as provide all-important competition for places.”
Yorkshire view Kohler-Cadmore as someone who can bat anywhere in the top-order and compete for a place in all forms.
He hit the fastest century in England last year – a 43-ball effort against Durham in the T20 Blast – and he struck a match-winning hundred against Yorkshire at New Road earlier this season.