Yorkshire have released prolific South African batsman Jacques Rudolph from the final year of his contract after the player made a request to leave the club.
Rudolph, who joined the club in 2007, went on to score more than 1000 first-class runs in each season since, amassing over 8,000 in all competitions.
However, he and his wife have struggled to settle in the country and the board made a unanimous decision to put his family matters first and agreed to his request.
"Whilst Jacques has thoroughly enjoyed his time with Yorkshire CCC, he and his wife Elna have found it difficult adjusting to life in England," a club statement confirmed.
"Jacques has spent each winter with his family in South Africa and whilst his wife Elna moved to Leeds in an attempt to find suitable employment as a doctor, nevertheless this has not worked out as they both would have liked. They are both very keen to start a family and, with an unsettled lifestyle, felt it was impossible to put down roots and make plans for the future.
"As such, they formally requested to be released from the final year of Jacques’s contract and the Board of Directors have granted this wish.
"The Club wishes Jacques every success in the future. He had become a hugely respected and popular member of the team. He and Elna will be missed by everyone involved with Yorkshire CCC. However, it was a unanimous Board decision in support of his request to put his family first and return home to South Africa."
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