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Cricket: Essex exits for Zaidi and Taylor

PUBLISHED: 13:55 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 07 September 2018

Ashar Zaidi of Essex acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the field (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ashar Zaidi of Essex acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the field (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex County Cricket Club have confirmed that Ashar Zaidi and Callum Taylor are to leave at the end of their contracts.

Callum Taylor celebrates taking the wicket of Kieran Powell during Essex's tour match against the West Indies in 2017 (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Callum Taylor celebrates taking the wicket of Kieran Powell during Essex's tour match against the West Indies in 2017 (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Pakistani all-rounder Zaidi joined Essex in January 2016 following a spell with Sussex and was part of the Division Two-winning side that year.

Having become a favourite with the Essex crowd in limited-overs cricket, he was also an important spin option during the club’s run to Specsavers County Championship title in 2017.

Zaidi’s NatWest T20 Blast innings against Middlesex in 2016 will live long in the memory of supporters, as he struck 59 off 24 with his infamous black bat.

Head coach Anthony McGrath said: “Ashar has been an important part of the squad during his time with us with both bat and ball, especially in white-ball cricket.

“His ability to strike the ball long and hard was always special to watch and excited the crowd at Chelmsford on a number of occasions.”

The 21-year-old Taylor came through the Essex Academy and made his debut in a NatWest T20 Blast match against Hampshire in May 2015, before making his first-class debut three days later against Glamorgan.

Taylor featured for Essex in this year’s Champion County match against MCC in March and has been a prominent player in the Second XI this season.

McGrath added: “Callum has been a pleasure to coach and has been an important squad player for Essex over the past few years. We’d like to thank him for hard work and attitude and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”

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