Snell, Kadeer and Woodman cut
Sweeping changes continue apace at Gloucestershire, who have released Steve Snell, Kadeer Ali and Rob Woodman despite the trio having a year left on their contracts.
Their departures follow those of Steve Kirby and Gemaal Hussain (both to Somerset), Anthony Ireland (Middlesex) and Will Porterfield (Warwickshire) since the end of the season.
Only Will Gidman and James Fuller have joined the Bristol-based county in that time.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Snell, batsman Kadeer and left-arm seamer Woodman played limited roles this year.
Snell saw the most first-team action, partly as specialist batsman, with 10 LV= County Championship appearances, 12 in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and 15 in the Friends Provident t20.
Former England A international Kadeer endured a particularly disappointing season, averaging 17.88 in 10 championship games and 15 in as many FPt20 matches. He played just once in the CB40.
Woodman did not make a single first-team appearance in 2010.
Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson said: “We have to make a number of changes to the balance of the squad and, whilst Steve Snell was an important part of the 2010 line-up, we envisage he would have very few opportunities next season.
“Knowing Steve wants to and deserves to be playing first-team cricket, we agreed that it would be in everyone’s best interest if he were free to pursue his career at a new club.
“Kadeer has had few opportunities this season and, looking forward, we agreed that it would be best if he were able to seek first team cricket at a new county.
“Rob Woodman has had no opportunities this season and, as he also wishes to play first-team cricket, we decided it was mutually beneficial for him to be able to pursue alternatives at other counties.
“Steve and Kadeer have spent six seasons with Gloucestershire, joining in 2005, while Rob signed for us in 2008. We would like to thank all three players for their efforts on behalf of the club and wish them well for the future.”
Snell revealed: “I am looking forward to furthering my cricket career at pastures new. I would like to thank all the players I have played with over the past six seasons for their camaraderie and support.”
Kadeer said: “At 27 and having represented England A a few years ago, I feel I have plenty more to offer in the game and I will be looking for a new county.
“I would like to thank all the players, supporters, ground staff and everyone in the offices for their support over the years at Gloucestershire.”
Woodman added: “I look forward to continuing my career with a new county and take this opportunity to thank my colleagues at Gloucestershire for their support and friendship.”