Somerset are likely to have to field a weakened side at the Champions League Twenty20 despite naming key players in their initial squad. Craig Kieswetter and JosButtler could both be selected in England's squad to face West Indies in the two Twenty20s at The Oval, which clashes with the qualifying event, leaving Somerset without a major wicketkeeper.
That responsibility is set to fall on Alex Barrow, a 19-year-old, who has yet to play a Twenty20 match and has just four first-class appearances. Meanwhile, Somerset won't have the services of Kieron Pollard, as he will represent Mumbai Indians, or Marcus Trescothick, who no longer travels overseas due to health reasons.
However, Somerset have three players with IPL experience in their squad: MuraliKartik and Alfonso Thomas, who play for Pune Warriors, and Roelof van derMerwe, who was part of the Delhi Daredevils squad in the last edition. James Hildreth, who scored 346 runs in the Friends Life t20, is also in the squad.
Somerset Squad: Alex Barrow, JosButtler, Nick Compton, Adam Dibble, George Dockrell, James Hildreth, GemaalHussainMuraliKartik, Steven Kirby, Craig Kieswetter, Craig Meschede, ArulSuppiah, Alfonso Thomas, Peter Trego, Roelof van derMerwe.