Naqaash to leave Warwickshire at end of season

Warwickshire are to release seamer Naqaash Tahir at the end of the season. The 27-year-old has been told that he will not be offered a new contract when his existing deal expires next month, bringing to an end a ten-year career at Edgbaston of unfulfilled potential.

During those ten years with Warwickshire, Tahir played only 56 first-class matches and spent long periods sidelined through injury.

But he made an important contribution to the 2004 County Championship success with 28 wickets, many of them important partnership-breaking ones, and he took 38 in 12 matches in 2009, his most productive season.

Warwickshire, however, needed to see more of Tahir at first team level and for him to take wickets in greater numbers.

His omission from a severely-depleted team for the current County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley, and Warwickshire’s decision to sign Chris Wright on loan from Essex, was a clear indication that Tahir’s days at Edgbaston were numbered.

Tahir was the subject of 28-day approaches from Kent and Worcestershire two years ago but he opted to stay with Warwickshire on a new two-year deal with the option of a third year.

But he has made only three Championship appearances this season in which he has taken only nine wickets and failed to finally establish himself as a first team regular.

Slow left-armer Ant Botha is also expected to leave Warwickshire on fitness grounds with a persistent elbow problem ending a county career that started with Derbyshire in 2004.

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