Nottinghamshire release Jason Brown
Nottinghamshire have agreed to release offspinner Jason Brown from his contract. Brown still had a year to run on his two-year deal, which he signed in December 2008, but his stint with the club was hampered by a calf injury. He didn't play in the County Championship in which Nottinghamshire emerged runners-up, and participated in just two games in the Twenty20 Cup, where he finished wicketless, conceding 9.80-an-over.
Nottinghamshire, earlier this month, had signed left-arm spinner Graeme White on a two-year contract, and the club's director Mick Newell suggested it had factored in releasing Brown. "Jason was unfortunate to suffer injury at a time when he could have played a significant part in limited-overs cricket but we feel that the time is right for him to move on given the signing of Graeme White," Newell said. "It has been a frustrating year for him but there was no lack of effort on his part and I'm sure he'll find another county. We wish him every success for the future."
Brown, who's taken 414 wickets in 130 first-class games in a 13-year career, moved from Northamptonshire to Nottinghamshire at a time when spinners Samit Patel and Graeme Swann were heavily involved with the England squad. He now hopes to play regular cricket elsewhere. "I've enjoyed my time at Trent Bridge but at this stage of my career I need to play regular cricket," Brown said. "I'm over my injury and I want to be in a position where I can begin the next season in contention for a place in a county first team."