Gloucestershire have parted company with long-serving player Chris Taylor and admit his release is now the subject of litigation.
The 35-year-old Bristolian is reported to be preparing to take the club to an employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal. A statement issued by the club confirmed that Taylor had not been signed for the 2012 season.
In it, Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson said: “We agreed and signed a conditional contract with Chris, which was dependent on our ground development plan going ahead.
“Unfortunately, the planning permission we sought was turned down last month and we have, therefore, not been able to complete this agreement.
“We would like to thank Chris very much for his years of service as both player and more recently fielding coach and wish him all the best for the future.” Gloucestershire say they will be making no further comment.
Taylor’s contract with the club expired at the end of September. He was then told any future offer would be dependent upon Gloucestershire’s plans to develop the County Ground in Bristol going ahead.
Those plans were rejected by a six to four majority when a Bristol City Council Planning Committee met last month.
Taylor made his Gloucestershire debut in 2000, and is a former four-day captain of the club. Last season he was the county’s top run-scorer in first-class cricket with 1,139 runs at an average of 40.67.
He has not yet commented on Gloucestershire’s statement, but is thought to have taken legal advice.