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Tim Bresnan leaves Yorkshire with immediate effect
Yorkshire CCC News

Tim Bresnan leaves Yorkshire with immediate effect

Former England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has decided to call time on his 19-year association with Yorkshire, the English county announced on Wednesday.

The veteran cricketer had been a vital member of the club's lineup since his entry in first-class cricket back in 2003.

He went on to represent England in 142 international games with the peak of his 23-Test career arriving during the historic 2010/11 Ashes victory in Australia under the leadership of Andrew Strauss.

Bresnan is set to switch allegiance to another county in the English domestic circuit, revealing that he ready "to pursue playing opportunities elsewhere".

He was originally expected to be with the Headingley-based side till the end of the 2020 season but the coronavirus pandemic has caused an extended delay to the start of this year's County Championship season.

Domestic cricket in the country will resume at the earliest by August 1, prompting Bresnan to hasten his exit from Yorkshire.

"I didn't take this decision lightly but now is the best time to move on," he said.

"There is still plenty of fire in my belly and I look forward to what the future brings.

"I would like to thank Yorkshire for giving me 19 fantastic years and the opportunity when I was younger to kickstart my career.

"It has given me immense pride to represent the county for the best part of two decades. My Yorkshire cap is one of my proudest possessions."

The 35-year-old was at the center of Yorkshire's successive County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015. Although known for his wily medium-pace, Bresnan gradually developed into a capable batsman across his career and has often been promoted at the top of the order.

Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon commended Bresnan for his services at the club and hoped to see him excel in the future.

"He has represented the club with huge pride and distinction for 19 years," he said.

"His contribution both on and off the field has been immense and we wish him every success for the future."