Gary Ballance emigrates from Yorkshire. Amid the fallout from the Azeem Rafiq Racism Row

Gary Ballance has agreed to release from his Yorkshire contract . The batsman has agreed to a release from his contract, but cannot return to county cricket until 2024 .

Gary Ballance, a former England batsman, is leaving Yorkshire in search of a fresh start after taking part in the Azeem Rafiq racism controversy that sent shock waves through the English game.Ballance, 33, has agreed to a release from his Yorkshire contract, but cannot return to county cricket until 2024 at the earliest.In a statement issued by Vuukle, the Zimbabwe-born left-hander, who played for England in 23 Tests and 16 one-day internationals from 2013-2017, did not play for the White Rose county last season, and I am grateful for the club's help as we reached an agreement.It has been a privilege to play for this wonderful club, said Ballance.In a statement published Wednesday, Yorkshire managing director Darren Gough said the club had reluctantly accepted Gary Gary has been a mainstay of our club for many years, and as a batsman, we acknowledge that the last 18 months have been difficult for him, and that the most important thing for him is to get better and play again.Rafiq, a 31-year-old former spinner from Pakistan, first raised suspicions of bigotry and bullying in September 2020, in an attempt to shield his family from further bullying.

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