Graves reveals reasons for Shahzad exit

Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves has revealed Ajmal Shahzad's desperation to "be his own man" was the reason behind the county agreeing to let the England seamer move on.

It was jointly agreed that the 26-year-old is free to join another county, either permanently or on-loan for the rest of the season and Graves believes Shahzad's lack of team ethic has contributed to his exit.

"I think the Ajmal Shahzad bit has been rumbling on for a while," said Graves. "(Coach) Jason (Gillespie)'s come in with a totally new regime and the player's still not happy so we can't keep changing the backroom and all the rest of it. We are where we are and I supported the management."

He continued: "We parted amicably on Tuesday. We don't want to see any detrimental situation to him, either financially or playing side, and we hope he gets a new club straight away and he can get playing cricket again which is what we all want to see."

Tuesday's announcement came as something of a surprise as Shahzad, who has played one Test and 11 one-day internationals for England, has taken eight wickets in three first-class matches at an average of 26.25 for Yorkshire this season.

Shahzad was the first British-born Asian to represent Yorkshire and he claimed match figures of four for 63 on his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2010. However, his stock has dwindled considerably since then to the point where he is nowhere near the England set-up and Graves believes Shahzad needs to change his attitude if he is to be successful elsewhere.

"Our guys wanted a disciplined situation like England do when they're playing now and it works very well," added Graves.

"He (Shahzad) didn't see that. He wanted to have the opportunity to be his own man, bang it in when he wants to bang it in and bowl bouncers when he wants to bowl bouncers. The captain, the coach and everybody else didn't want that situation, especially at this time of year where we've got seaming wickets and all the rest of it - it's disciplined bowling that counts.

"We've put a lot of effort and a lot of resource into Ajmal and we thought he'd be here for the rest of his career.

"We're sad to see him go but at the end of the day, there's no point in keeping him here if he's unhappy and that's why we decided to do what we did on Tuesday and part ways."