Iain Wardlaw has left Yorkshire with a year to go on his current contract after being granted a release by the club.
The 28 year-old, who recently helped Scotland qualify for the 2015 World Cup, has found it difficult to secure a spot in the Yorkshire first eleven, especially in four-day cricket, since being plucked from the Bradford League in 2011. He will now pursue “interests away from the professional game” according to a statement from Yorkshire CCC and will return to play Bradford League cricket for Cleckheaton CC in 2014.
Wardlaw, said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a professional cricketer with Yorkshire. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody associated with the club, in particular the supporters, and I wish the lads all the best foe the 2014 season.”
Colin Graves, Chairman of Yorkshire CCC, added, “Iain is a great guy and I am sorry that he has not had the breaks he needed to establish himself in our first-team. I would like to thank him for his contribution over the last few years and wish him well in the future.”
Besides playing for Yorkshire, for whom he took 24 wickets in List A cricket, Wardlaw has also taken 31 List A wickets for Scotland, 21 of which have come in One-Day International cricket. He will likely continue to play for them when work allows after benefiting from a relaxation of the rules governing eligibility last year.
© Cricket World 2014