Vikram Solanki to Leave Worcestershire CCC After 20 Years
After 20 years, including 5 as captain and nearly 27,000 runs in all formats, Vikram will leave Worcestershire CCC at the end of this season.
Chief Executive, David Leatherdale commented "It is with regret that Worcestershire CCC and Vikram Solanki have agreed that he will leave the County at the end of the present season. Vikram approached the Club a few weeks ago with regards his future, as his contract ends this September and it was expressed at that time that the County would not be in a position to offer a contract but hoped to be in a position to do so later in the year when the Club's financial position is clearer.
"The Club fully understood Vikram's wish to have greater certainty about his future and gave permission for him to talk to other Counties due to his long standing at the Club. We understand Vikram has now received and accepted an offer from Surrey and therefore reluctantly Vikram will be leaving the Club at the end of the season.
"The Club and its supporters thank Vikram for his 20 years of service to the County, and for his elegant batting and successful captaincy. Vikram will always receive a warm welcome at New Road and we wish him the very best for the future."
Solanki commented "I'm incredibly grateful to Worcestershire CCC for giving me my chance all of those years ago. I have many, many fond memories with the club both on and off the pitch with players, staff and supporters alike and the decision to end our long relationship has not been easy.
"In recent weeks, with my contract ending and the club unsure of their direction for me, I've been able to discuss opportunities with interested counties. It's been from these discussions that Surrey CCC have offered me an exciting chance to finish my career at the Kia Oval.
"I can assure all of my fellow players and county members, that until the end of the season, I will give my absolute all to Worcestershire CCC."
Chairman of the Professional Cricketers' Association for the past 4 years, playing 51 One Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals for England, throughout a first-class career that began in 1995, striking 31 first class centuries at an average of just over 36 and scored fifteen centuries in List A cricket with one Twenty20 ton.
Vikram Solanki, in an interview with BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley, explained why he is leaving Worcestershire to join Surrey next season;
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