Sporting Digest: Cricket

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Gloucestershire have withdrawn the offer of a one-year contract to the England A wicketkeeper, Chris Read. Their cricket secretary, Philip August, said: "He has not replied to our letters and we are no longer prepared to wait while he talks to other counties." They are now hoping to coax their former No 2, Reggie Williams, out of retirement to cover for Jack Russell.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has invited the former Australian captain and coach, Bobby Simpson, to act as a consultant to the Indian team for the 1999 World Cup.