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Anurag Singh

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Four Nottinghamshire players - Darren Bicknell, Anurag Singh, Russell Warren and Greg Smith - are not being offered new terms for next season.

Bicknell had already announced his intention to retire this month after a long and distinguished career as an opening batsman, while Singh, Warren and Smith have seldom figured in the first team at Trent Bridge in recent months.

Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: “It is necessary at times to make tough decisions and our thinking is based largely on the fact that we need to reduce the average age of our playing staff.

Greg Smith

Greg Smith

“Like Darren Bicknell, Greg Smith has made a huge contribution towards turning around the fortunes of this club in recent years and I’m sure all Notts supporters will join me in saying that we very much appreciate his efforts.

“It’s also been very enjoyable having Anurag Singh and Russell Warren at Trent Bridge and there’s no doubt that they have offered a lot during their time with us - in the middle and in the dressing room.

“The fact is, however, that we need to re-structure the playing staff to accommodate some younger players and at this stage of their careers, Smith, Singh and Warren should not be playing regular Second XI cricket.”

Smith, who missed only one match in last season’s Championship triumph, has claimed 251 first-class wickets since Clive Rice brought him to Trent Bridge in 2001 but has struggled to make an impact this summer.

Russell Warren

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Warren (left), who was signed from Northamptonshire in 2003, has also been unable to claim a regular spot in the batting line-up and the same applies to Singh, although the former Warwickshire and Worcestershire opener was unlucky to suffer a shoulder injury in June when he was playing his part in the push for Twenty20 Cup honours.

Added Newell: “With four senior players leaving the staff, it obviously means that we need to find replacements and we are already working towards that.”

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