Monday 13 September 2010 

Worcestershire Release Fast Bowler Imran Arif

Worcestershire Release Fast Bowler Imran Arif
Worcestershire Release Fast Bowler Imran Arif
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Worcestershire have released fast bowler Imran Arif, bringing to an end his three-year spell at the club, during which time he played 39 matches in all competitions.

He joined Worcestershire in 2008 having enjoyed a spell with the second team and marked his first-class debut with five for 50 against Glamorgan as he helped Worcestershire seal promotion to the top division.

Having signed initially as an overseas player, he signed a two-year contract in 2009 once he was granted a British passport although since then he has struggled to hold down a first-team place.

He featured in just two first-class matches this season and three one-day games although he played in nine of Worcestershire's 16 Twenty20 games.

"I have enjoyed working with Imran who has been an excellent team player, but after impressing in his first year Imran has been unable to maintain a regular first team place over the past 2 seasons. I feel that a new challenge at a new venue will bring out the best in Imran and wish him the very best for the future," Worcestershire's Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said.

In 17 first-class matches, Arif has taken 43 wickets at 37.55 with 11 wickets in one-day cricket and two in Twenty20 matches.

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