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Ian Salisbury

Ian Salisbury is keen to carry on playing despite being released

Former England leg-spinner Ian Salisbury has left Surrey after the county decided not to offer him a contract for the 2008 season.

Salisbury formed a dangerous spin partnership with Saqlain Mushtaq that did much to inspire Surrey's county championship successes in 1999 and 2000 and he also featured prominently in the 2002 title-winning side.

The spinner played in 15 Tests for England and represented Surrey in 137 first-class matches, during which time he took 368 wickets at 30.06 and scored 3,308 runs at 22.97.

In total, he has played 311 first-class matches, taking 853 wickets and amassing nearly 7,000 runs after joining Surrey from Sussex in 1997.

During the 2007 season he enjoyed a benefit after Surrey’s 2006 LV County Championship Division Two success but his opportunities in 2007 were limited by the re-emergence of Chris Schofield.

Surrey captain Mark Butcher said: “Sals played a major role in the Surrey success story from 1998-2002. In tandem with Saqlain, they formed a hugely potent spin duo.

“Sadly it is time to say goodbye to yet another member of that great team and it is with fond memories, goodwill and our best wishes for the future.”

Salisbury added: “I have had such a great time here at Surrey over the years and have so many good memories.

"Any success on the pitch I have had is a bonus but the real important part that I’ll take out of my time here is the life long friends I have made.

“Winning trophies was great but I was fortunate to play with some really decent blokes throughout my time here.

"The other really satisfying thing for me is having the youngsters come up to you and say how much they appreciate your help and that is what I’ll miss.

“I really want to keep playing as I feel I still have the ability to play first-class cricket and it will be a bit sad that it won’t be at Surrey but it will also be an exciting opportunity for me if it is to be somewhere else.”

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