Why is Ajmal Shahzad leaving Yorkshire?

Bowled on 1st May, 2012 at 19:37 by
Category: Ajmal Shahzad

Ajmal Shahzad bowling - old ball just out of shot

Who knows? It’s Yorkshire. The only thing that can be stated with any certainty is that the decison will have been made by someone muttering: “All right, well ruddy sod yer then.”

Our guess is that Ajmal Shahzad has never felt too loved by his county. England always seemed to hold him in higher regard, which is weird. He rarely got the new ball for Yorkshire and it might be significant that his sudden departure comes shortly after it was announced that Mitchell Starc would be arriving at Headingley.

It’s hard when your employer doesn’t value what you consider to be your strongest skills. If you think you’re really getting the hang of staring at the wall and the company then goes and hires a foreign wall-starer, you’ll naturally feel pretty unappreciated. We think this is basically what’s happened to Ajmal Shahzad.

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  1. SarahCanterbury   //   May 1st, 2012 at 19:46

    Interesting that the SSN moving caption thingy states that Shahzad was “told” to look for another county. Curiouser and curiouser.

    And how happening is this site?! A photo from Shahzad’s last ever bowling spell for Yorkshire!

    Feeling a little “aww” tonight for Adil, too. Bless!

  2. Pat   //   May 1st, 2012 at 20:35

    I’m not entirely convinced. Google Image suggests he has at least 59,600 different faces. Cricinfo mentions regular mood swings.

    There are some dots to join somewhere but I can’t quite work them out.

  3. Dirk Gently   //   May 1st, 2012 at 20:36

    Uncle Colin’s doing?

  4. sam   //   May 2nd, 2012 at 08:42

    where is he going please?

    • King Cricket   //   May 2nd, 2012 at 08:53

      No-one knows. He’s just leaving.

    • sam   //   May 2nd, 2012 at 09:11

      We’ll have him. (By ‘we’, I mean Warwickshire. I don’t mean he can come and live in my house. Although thinking about it, he would probably slot in quite well. As long as he doesn’t eat all of my Sainsbury’s basics cereal bars.)

  5. thesmudge   //   May 2nd, 2012 at 09:26

    I’m reading your Majesty’s post closely for any hint of cross-Pennine schadenfreude, but it seems strangely absent. I’m sure some of the court will make up for this over the course of the day

  6. Bert   //   May 2nd, 2012 at 10:23

    Yorkshire considers themselves to be a first-division standard team playing in the second division, a discrepancy they seem to be looking to address with this move.

  7. bgbgbg   //   May 2nd, 2012 at 11:54

    I like his 70 mph offspinner variation, but in the view of Yorkshire they will just increase Sidebottom’s workload from 30 overs to 50. Which begs the question, will Sidebottom bounce Cosker? Will Jacques be bowled by Rob Croft?

  8. mark cripps   //   May 2nd, 2012 at 15:42

    And also, why is County cricket being played in Scarborough at the begining of May?

    Is someone trying to turn all the old and much loved traditions completely on their head?

  9. Howe_zat   //   May 2nd, 2012 at 16:41

    David Hopps on Gale and Bairstow making fifties today:

    “Neither half-century has been announced because Scarborough have forgotten to buy any batteries for the mic. “The information is piling up and I can’t tell anyone anything,” bemoaned Tony, the PA announcer.”


    “Forget the Shahzad Crisis. At least for now. The Yorkshire Battery Crisis is rivalling it. A newly-married couple are shivering on the terraces waiting for their troth plighting to be announced to all and sundry and the PA is still dead.

    So far, 23 middle managers have been rung and nobody has done anything about it even though there is a newsagent at the end of the street. Somebody has promised to try to remember when she picks up the kids from school. That’s British industry for you.”

    It isn’t quite as succint as Aliviro Petersen’s summation of county cricket last week, but it’s more poignant.

    • bradders   //   May 3rd, 2012 at 05:33

      What did Petersen say?

    • King Cricket   //   May 3rd, 2012 at 07:28

      It was from our Twitter round-up last week. He said: “Game rained off, its a draw. Off to chelmsford now.”

      We thought that pretty much summed things up.

    • bradders   //   May 3rd, 2012 at 08:16

      It did. Admirably so.

  10. Vignesh   //   May 3rd, 2012 at 06:17

    Wat is the reason to leave?

  11. Dandy Dan   //   May 3rd, 2012 at 21:56

    This post pretty much sums up my current employment situation.

    I can empathise with Aj.

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