Sussex have confirmed that they will not be renewing the contract of former Kent and England fast-bowler Amjad Khan.
Khan, 33, spent three years at Hove, but his 2013 season was severely curtailed by wrist and knee injuries. The club, which recently announced a surprise financial deficit of £630,000 for 2013, said that cost-cutting measures were part of the reason for not offering Khan a contract extension.
Local paper The Argus reports that money was in short supply after Luke Wright was not signed by any IPL franchise in the recent auction. Furthermore, the club have already bolstered their bowling attack this winter with the signings of Jon Lewis and Steffan Piolet and clearly felt they couldn’t afford to risk employing the highly talented, but injury-prone, Khan any longer.
Sussex’s Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said, “Amjad will be sorely missed by everyone at the club. He’s been a match-winner for us in all formats and set great examples to our younger bowlers. He has been unlucky with his wrist injury sustained in the final year of his contract and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Khan said, “I’d like to thank all the players and the staff at Sussex, who have helped make the last three years so enjoyable. My departure is an amicable one and I look forward to seeing my friends and former colleagues be successful in the future.”
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Glamorgan have handed a trial to former Warwickshire and Sussex seamer Andy Miller. The 26 year-old was named in a 12-man squad for the club’s pre-season fixture against Gloucestershire and took two wickets. Glamorgan are looking for fast-bowling cover ahead of the new season after Mike Reed was ruled out for the first two months due to a knee injury. Seamers Will Owen and Huw Waters are also recovering from long-term injuries.
Meanwhile, former Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard has revealed to BBC Radio Wales that he will coach “three highly-promising Glamorgan players” next season in addition to his duties as head coach of Caribbean Premier League side St Lucia Zouks and possibly as a coach with England Lions and England Under-19s.
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