Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Shahzad set for surprise Yorkshire departure

Ajmal Shahzad is set to leave Yorkshire, in a surprise move that will see the fast bowler cut ties with the county he has played at throughout his entire career.

The 26-year old was expected to be a major part of Yorkshire’s plans, this season, as the county looked to achieve instant promotion back to Division One.

That won’t be the case, the bowler will be allowed to leave this season, even though he is contracted at Headingley until the end of the current campaign.

After eight years at the club, Shahzad admitted it wouldn’t be easy to leave. However, the bowler made it clear he was looking forward to the next challenge away from Yorkshire.

“I would like to thank both the staff and supporters of YCCC for all the help and encouragement that I have received since I joined the staff, and I wish the club lots of success in the coming years.”

“I am now looking forward to the next chapter in my career and hope to push for further honours within the game”, admitted Shahzad.

While establishing himself in the England one-day squads, Shahzad had failed to make the step up into the Test side, despite taking 4-62 in his one and only Test appearance, against Bangladesh in 2010. 

The paceman will now be hoping his next move will be the catalyst he needs to get himself back into the thoughts of the England selectors.

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