Friday 10 October 2008 

Ryan McLaren Withdrawn From South African Squad

Ryan McLaren has withdrawn from the South African Standard Bank ODI squad to play against Kenya and Bangladesh later this month due to Kent not releasing him from his contract. McLaren has a three-year contract with Kent that expires in 2010.

“We are obviously disappointed that Ryan has had to withdraw,” commented Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola, “but there is nothing more that we can do about it.

“We are not going to replace him in the Standard Bank ODI squad for the two matches against Kenya as 13 players should be sufficient. We will re-assess the position before the MTN ODI series against Bangladesh by which time we will have had a good look at the additional players who will be joining our training camp in Kimberley.”

Paul Millman, the Chief Executive Officer of Kent, said: “We fully appreciate and understand Ryan’s request to be released by Kent for the remainder of his contract to play for South Africa but we are not in a position to agree to his request for numerous reasons. The main reason being that Ryan is a key player and Kent has built the team around him. This has become even more relevant because of our demotion to the second division of the County Championship.”

McLaren said: “I am obviously disappointed that I have had to withdraw from the South African ODI squad. However, I fully understand my contractual commitments to Kent and respect their decision. I also want to thank Cricket South Africa and the national selectors for having the confidence in me to select me for the South African team. I wish the team well for the season and especially for the Australian tour.”

McLaren is contracted to the Gestetner Diamond Eagles for the season and will play in the MTN Domestic Championship and the Standard Bank Pro20 Series.

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