Northamptonshire have released veteran former England one-day international batsman Mal Loye.
Loye, who will be 39 next week, first played for Northamptonshire, his native county, between 1991 and 2002 and returned for a final two-season stint after seven seasons with Lancashire.
During his time at Old Trafford Loye played seven one-day internationals for England but his final two seasons with Northamptonshire were blighted by injury and a loss of form.
“I would like to pay tribute to Mal for his contribution and service to Northants Cricket and to the English game,” said Northamptonshire coach David Capel.
“He has always been a person that is admired and a favourite to watch bat. Most recently, he has helped many of our younger players by passing on valuable experience, which is much appreciated. We would like to wish Mal all the very best in his future endeavours both in and outside of cricket.”
Loye progressed through Northamptonshire’s age group squads on to the senior staff and he made his debut in 1991.
During his first spell with Northamptonshire, Loye made 322 not out against Glamorgan at Wantage Road in 1998 which stood as the county’s record score until 2001. During the same innings Loye shared a fifth wicket stand of 401 with David Ripley, still the county’s highest for any wicket.
Loye scored more than 1,000 runs in a season six times, his best in 2006, and he was voted the PCA Cricketer of the Year in 1998.