England and Yorkshire batsman Joe Root and Gunn & Moore (GM) have parted ways, ending an association that goes back 11 years.
GM first sponsored Root when he was 13, since when he has progressed from Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club to Yorkshire and England.
Now among the leading players in the world, Root was recently awarded the Compton-Miller medal as the player of the series in the 2015 Ashes, which England won 3-2.
"We have sponsored Joe for 11 years - since he was 13 in fact - so whilst we are naturally disappointed we of course understand that players move on for commercial reasons," Unicorn Group Managing Director Edwards Lowy said.
"We reflect on our long association with Joe through his formative cricketing years with very great pride.
"It has been such a great pleasure watching him using his GM bats, most recently his GM Six6 DXM to such fantastic effect for himself, Yorkshire and England, helping him to become Wisden Cricketer Of The Year in 2014, World Ranked No 1 batsman (the first Englishman since GM’s Michael Vaughan in 2003) and winning the Ashes 2015 Man of The Series Award.
"We wish Joe every possible success and thank him for his contribution to GM’s 130 year history."
Root has to date played 32 Tests, 59 One-Day Internationals and 10 Twenty20 Internationals for England, scoring 14 international centuries and taking 28 wickets.
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