Graves fires Shahzad barb
Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves has criticised the attitude of Ajmal Shahzad, who has been told he can leave the White Rose County.
The 26-year-old was informed earlier this week that he was free to join another County either permanently or on loan for the rest of the season, despite his fine early season form.
Shahzad has already taken eight wickets in just three games so far this campaign at an average of 26.25.
However, his attitude off the field has been brought into question by the club's coaching staff.
One of those coaches, former Australia star Jason Gillespie, is believed to be unhappy with Ajmal's attitude and team ethic and the club have backed him up by asking the England star to leave.
"I think the Ajmal Shahzad bit has been rumbling on for a while," said Graves
"I am not prepared to have somebody playing for Yorkshire who does not want to be part of the team. All the comments I have heard from Ajmal are about him, not about the team.
"Jason Gillespie has very strong ideas about what he wants the bowlers to do. If one bowler strays away from that plan, that bowler is not a team player. That is what we can't afford.
"He (Shahzad) didn't see that. He wanted to have the opportunity to be his own man, bang it in when he wants to bang it in and bowl bouncers when he wants to bowl bouncers.
"Jason's come in with a totally new regime and the player's still not happy so we can't keep changing the backroom and all the rest of it. We are where we are and I supported the management.
"We parted amicably on Tuesday. We don't want to see any detrimental situation to him, either financially or playing side, and we hope he gets a new club straight away and he can get playing cricket again which is what we all want to see."