Surrey release Jordan
Surrey allrounder Chris Jordan will pursue opportunities elsewhere after being released from the club at the end of his contract. Jordan had been at Surrey for six years, having joined at the age of 17, but struggled to make an impact this season, making eight first-class appearances and none in limited-overs cricket.
Born in Barbados and eligible to play for England and West Indies, Jordan received a cricket scholarship at Dulwich College and was once regarded as one of Surrey's brightest prospects. However, he struggled for consistency and in July Surrey's team director, Chris Adams, said Jordan "needs to show us what he can do".
"I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have been given with Surrey, and will always remember my time at the club very fondly and wish them all success for the future," Jordan said. "I remain a very ambitious cricketer and now very much look forward to continuing my cricketing career elsewhere."
Jordan, a fast if occasionally wayward bowler, was part of Surrey's 2011 promotion-winning side and played for Barbados ahead of the 2012 English season. He started the Division One campaign in the first XI and was even employed as a makeshift opener, but managed just one half-century to go with 23 wickets at 39.93 before losing his place.
First-class career averages of 21.83 with the bat and 38.47 with the ball attest to a talent as yet unfulfilled, although at 23 he still has time to develop and will likely attract interest from several counties.
Adams said: "Chris has been with Surrey from the age of seventeen and it's unfortunate that he hasn't been able to earn a regular place in the first team. He is at the stage of his career where he needs to be playing regular first-class cricket if he is to fulfil his ambitions in the game therefore it is in his best interests that he looks at opportunities elsewhere."