Price to leave Pears
Ray Price has rejected a new one-year contract with Worcestershire for the 2008 campaign.
By Laura Slatcher
Last Updated: 29/09/07 10:58am
Worcestershire left-arm spinner Ray Price has rejected a new one-year contract for the 2008 season, ending his three-and-a-half spell at the county.
The 31-year-old moved to Worcestershire in 2004 and was a key member of the side which won the Pro40 League Division One title.
As a lower order batsman, Price also made a notable input of 76 not out against Lancashire in 2004. The following season he ended with 30 first-class wickets.
Internationally, he had a successful career with Zimbabwe, most notably 5-181 against South Africa in 2001/02.
Price targeted an international comeback in 2006, this time with England, after the required qualification period. However, he was never selected for either England or Zimbabwe.
In recent years he has become increasingly frustrated at his lack of opportunities in the LV County Championship. This season he has made only two appearances in the four-day competition, both coming after the county had already been relegated.
Price said: "At times it has been frustrating watching from the sidelines - but to be part of a title-winning side this year has been a fantastic experience."
Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton said: "We will be very sorry to see Ray go, because he has been an integral part of our one-day success in recent years.
"He and his family are lovely people to work with, and we have told Ray that we are only a phone call away. He could undoubtedly perform at the highest level for a few more years yet."