Former England fast bowler Matthew Hoggard is to leave Yorkshire after 15 years with the club, after the club confirmed that he would not be offered a new contract.
"An extremely competitive two-year contract, with the option of a third year based on performance, was offered to Matthew Hoggard at the beginning of the season; a deal that would have retained his position as one of the highest earners at the county," a statement from the county explained. "Matthew turned that contract offer down as he wanted a higher salary and a longer contract.
"The Club and player agreed that they would review the situation after the season had ended. Over the course of the summer the Club has reviewed its playing staff for 2010 and made plans to secure a number of key players. This has become increasingly costly due to the tightening of work permit regulations for overseas players and the demand for young England qualified talent.
"On 23rd September the Yorkshire Board of Directors met to review outstanding contractual matters. Following this meeting the Club’s Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, was asked to review the 2010 playing budget with Martyn Moxon, Director of Professional Cricket. As a result of this review, Matthew Hoggard’s appraisal was postponed until Thursday 8th October.
"At the meeting last Thursday, Matthew Hoggard was informed that the Board had made the decision not to offer him a new contract. This decision had been made in light of a number of factors – the current economic climate, the player’s contractual requirements and a detailed analysis of the makeup of the professional squad for the 2010 season."
Hoggard, 32, represented England in 67 Test matches and 26 One-Day Internationals, his swing bowling earning him 248 wickets in Test matches and he played key roles in England's Test series victories over South Africa in 2004/5 and Australia in 2005 before being dropped during the tour of New Zealand in 2007/8.
He has since featured heavily in four-day cricket for Yorkshire, picking up a hat-trick in the penultimate round of the LV County Championship as Yorkshire saved themselves from relegation, but has hardly played any limited overs cricket for them.
He was Yorkshire's leading Championship wicket-taker with 43 scalps in the 2009 season and talking to The Times, Hoggard expressed his disappointment.
"I'm shocked and bitterly disappointed. I think I've been loyal to Yorkshire," he said.
"I wanted to commit the rest of my career to the club and I would have relished the thought of captaincy, which I had discussed with (chairman) Colin Graves and (director of cricket) Martyn Moxon.
"Now I have effectively been sacked and I'm not even going to play for Yorkshire again, which makes me incredibly sad.
"What really upsets me is that I wasn't given the chance in my final game to say goodbye to the Yorkshire supporters, who have been so good to me over the years.
"Other players who knew they weren't going to be around next year were given a handshake and a send-off in front of the fans.
"All I got after 15 years at the club was a cup of coffee in the chief executive's office."
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