~~Crawley feud catalysed Byas~~ Lancashire recruitment~~

Published: Saturday, March 9, 2002, 1:49 [IST]
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London: A feud between John Crawley and Lancashire was the catalyst in the shock move to the club by former Yorkshire captain David Byas, Yorkshire chief executive Chris Hassell said on Friday.

Byas stunned the English cricket fraternity with Thursday's shock move to the Tykes' bitter rivals having led Yorkshire to the County Championship last season. He is now set to replace Crawley as number three batsman. Last month former England batsman Crawley lost his appeal against breach of contract after Lancashire dropped him as skipper following a disappointing season. The England and Wales Cricket Board decided Lancashire was within its rights to refuse to release the 30-year-old from his contract. Lancashire now expect Crawley will have to buy his way out of his contract and the signing of 38-year-old Byas - who had previously announced he was retiring - suggests the club sees the split as irrevocable. "I think the Crawley wrangle has brought things to a head," Hassell said. Hassell said despite Byas' shock move, the club wished him all the best with its rivals. "Perhaps we should be flattered that they are going for 'retired' Yorkshire players and it's certainly flattering to David, who was a great servant to this club. "He contacted me yesterday as a matter of courtesy and it came as a great shock, but we wish him all the best in his new surroundings and he goes with our blessings," Hassell told the 'Yorkshire Post'.

Former Yorkshire captain Byas joins Lancashire

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