Ajmal Shahzad to exit Sussex

Ajmal Shahzad has played 15 games across all the formats for England
Ajmal Shahzad has played 15 games across all the formats for England

Sussex have confirmed the exit of former England fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad from the county club with immediate effect.

A statement released by the English county club confirmed that the decision which was taken at a mutual consent had more to do with the limited opportunities, the 31-year-old was getting with the return of the main bowlers from Indian Premier League as well as from injuries.

Shehzad featured in a solitary game in the County Championship in which he snared six wickets and in the Royal London One-Day Cup this year, the former Lancashire and Yorkshire seamer accounted for two wickets from as many games with an economy of eight.

Sussex director of cricket Keith Greenfield lauded Shahzad for his contribution to the club.

“Ajmal's attitude has always been exemplary and he has been a great role model for the youngsters at the club. He continues to strive to develop himself as a cricketer.

“But we recognise that he wants and needs to be playing first-team cricket and he will hopefully get an opportunity at another county where he can show his worth.”

Shahzad, who joined Sussex in 2015 thanked the club for the support given to him and further insisted that his career is far from being over.

“I have loved my time at Sussex and I'm very grateful to everyone at the Club for their support over the last few years but I think it is clear that myself and the Club are going in different directions and it suits both parties to part ways.

“I'm really excited about the next stage of my career and it is my intention to be back playing cricket as soon as possible. I have a huge amount to offer a county and I know I will be a valuable asset to someone.

“I would like to thank (Head Coach) Mark Davis, Keith Greenfield and the rest of the Club for all their support and I wish them well in the future.”

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