Thursday 21 January 2010 

Kabir Ali Leaves Worcestershire

Kabir Ali Leaves Worcestershire
Kabir Ali Leaves Worcestershire
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Fast bowler Kabir Ali has left Worcestershire after the club agreed to release him from his contract, ending a long-running dispute.

Worcestershire had been holding out for a compensation payment as Kabir looked to seal a move to Hampshire but have now taken the decision to release the former England man from the final year of his contract.

"Kabir has been with the Club for 10 years and we are very sorry to see him go," Chief Executive Mark Newton said.

"During that time he has emerged as one of the best seam bowlers in English County Cricket and has played for England. He has taken 429 first class wickets for us at 26.85 and has one of the best strike rates in domestic cricket.

"This has been a difficult decision for both the Club and Kabir. However we have taken what we believe to be a pragmatic decision and we wish him well in his future career as he seeks to regain his England place. He will always be welcome at New Road.

"The Club is happy with the final outcome. Under Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, the squad can now prepare for the new season knowing what the situation will be."

Kabir has played one Test and 14 One-Day Internationals for England.