Yorkshire County Cricket Club agree to Gary Ballance's release from contract . The left-handed batsman has been released from contract by the club .
Yorkshire, December 9 (United Kingdom): Gary Ballance has been released from his contract with the club by Yorkshire County Cricket Club.According to a release from the club on Thursday, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club has agreed to Gary Ballance's petition to end his deal with the Club.Following a tumultuous time on the sidelines, the left-handed batsman and England international demanded his freedom, including the challenges he has faced in his mental health.During this period, the Club has paid him a great deal.Ballance will not play for another County Championship team in the 2023 season as a result of the deal, according to Darren Gough, Managing Director of Yorkshire Cricket.For many years, he has been a mainstay in our team, as well as a terrific batsman.Gary has had a rough 18 months as a club, for many reasons, and the most important thing for him is to improve and play again.We consented to his call reluctantly, knowing that it was the right move for him personally, and he agreed to it at Headingley. On a personal level, I've been through a challenging time, and after much debate with my family, I decided it would be time to make a change.I asked the Club if it was able to remove me from my contract, and I am grateful for their help as we've arrived at a settlement.Yorkshire has given me a huge amount of support over the past year, and I am proud of the Clubs support, but I also want my career to be refocused, he said.According to Sky Sports, the batter admitted to using a racist insult on Azeem Rafiq, a fellow player in November 2021, and apologised to him in August this year during a meeting with Rafiq. Gary Jones started in 23 Tests for England from 2014 to 2017, scoring 1,498 runs at an average of 37.45, four centuries and seven fifties.With two fifties, he also played 16 ODIs and scored 297 runs at an average of 21.21.In 2017, he represented England for the final time.The batter has a superb First-Class record, scoring 11,876 runs in 170 games for an average of 47.31, with 41 tons and 55 fifties.