AJMAL Shahzad’s departure from Yorkshire was rubber-stamped this morning with the former England paceman joining rivals Lancashire on loan for the rest of the season.
The 26-year-old has fallen out of favour at Headingley and it was announced last Tuesday he was free to leave the White Rose county on loan or on a permanent deal.
Defending county champions Lancashire have moved quickly to snap up the Huddersfield-born bowler who has played one Test and 11 one-day internationals for England.
Shahzad tweeted: “Great feeling to be back into cricket today! Appreciate Lancashire for having me on a loan agreement till the end of the season.”
Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves last week hinted Shahzad was disillusioned with life under new coach Jason Gillespie and the club’s official Twitter feed today suggested his departure would benefit both parties.
They tweeted: “Ajmal Shahzad signs for Lancashire after being allowed to leave #yccc. First player to cross Pennines since David Byas in 2002.”
They added: “Wishing @AJShahzad all best with Lanky! Real shame it didn’t work out at #yccc. Both parties on different cricket pages but a genuine talent.
“Ajmal had different thoughts on how his cricket should go than club. He wasn’t happy. Threatened positive atmosphere in squad.
“No one at club is happy that Ajmal has gone and we do genuinely wish him well.”
Shahzad took eight wickets in three first-class matches at an average of 26.25 for Yorkshire this season.
He was the first British-born Asian to represent Yorkshire in 2004 and he claimed match figures of four for 63 on his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2010.
However, his stock has dwindled considerably since then to the point where he is nowhere near the England set-up.