Yorkshire have dispensed with the services of Matthew Hoggard, their swing and seam bowler who won 67 Test caps for England. Hoggard said he was "shocked and disappointed" with the decision but he'd have to be more blinkered than the average Yorkshireman not to have thought it a possibility after failing to accept the two-year contract the club offered him a few months ago, writes Derek Pringle in the Daily Telegraph.
Neither had he scotched the rumours of a move elsewhere, the classic signs of someone wanting to keep their options open. Though they may want to do exactly that, players cannot bleat about loyalty and then play the field. Player power, especially those with international reputations, has been on the rise in recent years, but you become vulnerable once your options are reduced.