Surrey cut Collins and Tudor
Surrey have released pace bowlers Pedro Collins and Alex Tudor and announced new contracts for eight other squad players.
Tudor, 32, who played 10 Tests and three one-day internationals for England, returned to his native county last winter on a one-year deal, but spent much of the season in the second XI.
Collins, the 33-year-old former West Indies left-arm seamer, spent two years at Surrey, registered on a Kolpak contract due to Barbados’ trade links with the United Kingdom.
Surrey professional cricket manager Chris Adams said: “Both Alex and Pedro are fine players in their own right but the time had come for them to take on a new challenge.
“I wish them both the best of luck with their future plans and thank them for their contribution to Surrey.”
Tudor took 220 first-class wickets for Surrey at an average of 28.41.
He was a big part of Surrey’s County Championship-winning sides in 1999, 2000 and 2002, and helped win the 2001 Benson & Hedges Cup with a spell of 3-28.
Meanwhile, batsmen Stewart Walters, Matthew Spriegel, Arun Harinath and Michael Brown, bowlers Stuart Meaker and Simon King and wicketkeeper Gary Wilson have signed renewed deals that keep them at the Brit Oval to the end of the 2011 season. There is also a one-year contract for seamer Tim Linley.
Adams said: “When I first joined Surrey I knew it would not be possible to provide immediate solutions to the club’s problems.
“With this in mind, we have developed a long-term structure to return to the position of the leading side in the English game.
“One of the key factors I have identified to help us do that is continuity. No sports team has ever benefitted from a constantly high turnover of players and I am very happy the vast majority of our squad are now able to plan for two or more solid years at Surrey.
“All the players that have recently agreed new deals have yet to reach their potential for this club and I look forward to exciting times ahead when they are all consistently performing at the height of their ability.”
Walters assumed the captaincy from Mark Butcher upon his retirement, and scored a best of 188 against Leicestershire in the LV= County Championship.
Brown moved from Hampshire in the close-season and scored 992 championship runs at the top of the order.