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Middlesex release Shah

Batsman left upset over public announcement

Shah: Released by Middlesex

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Owais Shah's agent has branded Middlesex's actions "disgraceful" after the batsman was released by the county.

"It is quite disgraceful that the county allowed this to happen. I feel very hurt for him. Why did other people know about it before the player did? "

Owais Shah's agent John E. Barnett

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Middlesex have managed to secure the services of Australia batsman Chris Rogers and pen an extension with Eoin Morgan recently but have no room left for Shah after the end of the season.

And representatives of the 31-year-old, who has been with Middlesex for 17 years, have fiercely criticised the club's handling of the situation

Agent John E. Barnett claimed that Shah was not informed of the decision before the club made a public announcement and only learned of his fate from a friend.

"Owais was very surprised and hurt that he was not the first one to know the club were going to release him," Barnett said.

"If they don't want to sign him again, that's their entitlement but at least have the decency to speak to the player about it before alerting the media.

Hurt

"It is quite disgraceful that the county allowed this to happen. I feel very hurt for him. Why did other people know about it before the player did?

"That's the hurtful thing - it's bad enough if you're going to release someone, but at least do it properly."

Middlesex responded by offering an apology to Shah and saying that the announcement of his release should not have been made so early.

"Middlesex County Cricket Club would like to sincerely apologise to Owais Shah for the unsatisfactory manner in which he found out that his contract with the county was not being renewed," they stated on their official website.

"Unbeknown to Middlesex CCC the news became public when a regional media group who circulates local newspapers in the North London and Middlesex areas broke a pre-arranged embargo.

"Middlesex CCC feels extremely let down by the individuals involved who allowed this to happen and are sorry that Shah's association with the club should end in such a manner.

"As one of Middlesex's leading modern players he deserved a lot better."