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Saqlain Mushtaq

Saqlain Mushtaq withdrew from his contract due to personal reasons © Getty Images

Sussex have released off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq at the player’s request.

The LV County Championship winners, who sealed a third title in five years at the weekend, revealed the former Pakistan Test player has been allowed to leave.

“Sussex County Cricket Club regrets that, owing to personal reasons, Saqlain Mushtaq will be unable to fulfil his contract next season and has, therefore, been released from the club,” read a club statement.

The 30-year-old, who holds a British passport, said: “I would like to thank the whole team at Sussex for all the opportunities they have given me this season.

“The club has been wonderful and it is with a heavy heart that I am having to say goodbye for my own personal reasons.”

Saqlain took 14 wickets at an average of less than 17 apiece in three championship games this season.

Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson said: “It is with regret that we say goodbye to Saqlain as in his short stay with us he has become part of the family.

“Myself, the players and all the supporters have been privileged to be able to witness two of the best spin bowlers there have ever been bowling in tandem at Hove,” he added, referring to his partnership with compatriot Mushtaq Ahmed.

“We would like to thank Saqlain for all he has given the club and wish him well if he decides to stay in the game, or indeed whatever the future holds for him.”

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