Nel and Surrey part company
Andre Nel has left Surrey by mutual consent despite having a year left on his contract.
The former South Africa seamer, who had Kolpak status at the Kia Oval, joined Surrey in 2009 and took 76 wickets in all competitions for them.
However, his appearances were limited by injury and ill discipline - Surrey banned him for two matches last season for hurling a ball at Northamptonshire batsman Niall O’Brien.
The news, which comes just over two weeks before Surrey’s first game of this season, is in no way a reflection of Nel's commitment to the club according to Surrey professional cricket manager Chris Adams.
Explaining the situation, Adams said: “Whenever Andre was on the pitch for Surrey we never received anything less than 100% from him. Sadly, those times were not as frequent as we all would have liked and the agreement that has been reached is beneficial to us all.
“He was a huge character both on and off the field and we wish him the very best for the future.”
Nel added: “I enjoyed my time at Surrey and whilst it's a shame to not be returning, I know I still have a lot to give and hope to return and terrorise some more county batsmen soon. I wish the lads all the best for 2011.”