Lancashire refuses to release Crawley from contract

Published: Friday, December 7, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Lancashire county cricket club on Friday turned down former England batsman John Crawley's demand to be released from his contract.
The Old Trafford club issued a brief statement saying that the committee had unanimously rejected Crawley's request. Lancashire has declined to comment further on the issue but Crawley said, "This has not changed anything as far as I'm concerned - I am still determined to go. I am taking advice from counsel and we will have to wait and see what develops." Crawley was sacked as Lancashire's captain at the end of the club's disappointing 2001 season and claims that his relationship with the club has broken down. Lancashire, however, believe that to release him from his contract with three years remaining could set a dangerous precedent and they can ill afford to lose a batsman of his calibre. Crawley has been with Lancashire for 10 years and was appointed captain in 1999 but, since then, Lancashire has won only one trophy and last summer struggled to avoid relegation from the First Division of the County Championship.

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