Middlesex have begun the rebuilding process ahead of the 2011 season by announcing that Owais Shah will leave the club at the end of the season and Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers will join.
Furthermore, Irish-born English international Eoin Morgan has signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him at Lord's until the end of the 2012 season.
Rogers, capped once by Australia in Perth against India in 2008, has signed a two-year contract and switches from Derbyshire, where he had been playing since 2008. Middlesex will become his fourth county having also previously represented Northamptonshire and Leicestershire with distinction.
Shah, who made his Middlesex debut in 1995, going on to play for England in six Tests, 71 One-Day Internationals and 17 Twenty20 Internationals, will be looking for a new club after hitting more than 20,000 runs for Middlesex in all competitions.
Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser explained:
"Saying goodbye to a player who has represented your club with distinction for such a long period of time is very hard. I have always been extremely fond of Owais, who began to emerge as a player of exceptional talent as my playing career reached its conclusion. It was a delight to watch him go on to play and perform well for England.
"I believe the Middlesex team has reached a point where it needs freshening up if the fortunes of the young side are to continue to improve. Owais has worked hard and given total commitment to Middlesex in 2010 but I feel that a change will be good for both him and the Club. It goes without saying that I wish him well wherever he goes and I am sure he will score plenty of runs there. Owais will always be welcome at Lord’s where he has many friends and admirers."
Rogers joins a long line of Australian openers to have represented Middlesex including Adam Gilchrist, David Warner, Phillip Hughes and Justin Langer and Fraser is delighted with his signing.
"I am delighted that Chris has agreed to join Middlesex CCC for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Chris has been one of the leading run scorers in county cricket for the past three seasons and we are looking forward to him scoring thousands of runs for the Club. His presence will add stability and class to the top of our batting order.
"Chris’s pedigree is undoubted, in that he is just as prolific in Sheffield Shield cricket in Australia. He is genuinely excited about playing for Middlesex and scoring runs at Lord’s.”
Morgan, whose recent Test debut means that Middlesex may not see much of him next year, said:
"I am delighted to continue my career at Middlesex. I started my association with Middlesex County Cricket Club as a sixteen year old, and the Club have played a major role in me getting to where I am now.
"The future of the Club looks very healthy and I am looking forward to playing my part when my England commitments allow.”
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