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Paul Harris parts company with Titans

Cricinfo staff

April 7, 2010

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Paul Harris and Mark Boucher celebrate MS Dhoni's dismissal, India v South Africa, 1st Test, Nagpur, 4th day, February 9, 2010
Despite being South Africa's first-choice Test spinner, Paul Harris has not found a place in the Nashua Titans squad © Associated Press
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Paul Harris, the South Africa left-arm spinner has been left out of the Titans line-up for the 2010-11 South African professional domestic season.

"Paul has expressed a desire to participate in all formats of franchise cricket, including the MTN 40 and Standard Bank Pro20 competitions," said Andy O'Connor, vice-chairman and head of the playing affairs portfolio of the Titans. "We understand Paul's views, but given the personnel available to the Nashua Titans in the spin-bowling department, we are unfortunately unable to guarantee him a spot in our team in all versions of the game."

Harris has played 100 first-class matches for 333 wickets at an average of 30.81. He also has 47 List A wickets at 26.61 and 21 in the Twenty20 format at 21.19. In recent times, he has been South Africa's first-choice Test spinner, with 87 wickets in 29 matches.

"Although we are very sad to see Paul leave, we wish him both a fond farewell and all the very best for the future", O'Connor said. "When Paul joined us a few seasons ago, he was participating in the Western Province B team and we are immensely proud to have played a part in his rise to selection at the Test level, where he has performed most admirably."

Harris thanked the Titans for their role in his career. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Titans, but feel that I should be competing in all available formats of the game. I wish the Nashua Titans every success in the future", he said.

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