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Law - Cork decision a mistake

Lancashire captain blasts county's hierarchy

Law: strong opinions

Lancashire captain Stuart Law has slammed the county's decision not to offer Dominic Cork a new contract.

"I've chosen not to turn up to committee meetings because I'm not really bothered how hot my tea is or where my car is parked."

Stuart Law

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Cork, 37, joined from Derbyshire in 2003 and is Lancashire's second leading wicket taker in the LV County Championship this season.

But the former England seam bowler, who took 131 wickets in 37 Tests, is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford once his contract expires at the end of the current campaign.

"I know that I am going to get in trouble for what I am saying," Law told The Manchester Evening News.

"I know there will be repercussions, I will be dragged into some little office somewhere in the next couple of weeks to find out what I mean by all these statements.

Truth

"But I am just telling the truth. I believe that Dominic Cork is a quality performer. Yes, he's 37, but there's life in the old dog yet.

"He's a quality performer. I wish him all the best."

Law believes the decision has been made by members of the Lancashire hierarchy who fail to understand Cork's on-field value.

"I would have liked to have been consulted, I am the captain of the team," he noted.

"I have got to walk out with these players, and if they are not in the best frame of mind I have got to deal with it. People sat up there drinking their gin and tonics don't have to.

"When a game is going nowhere you can just walk up to Corky and say 'mate, I need six overs, you try and hit them on the head, get under their skin, do whatever you can'.

"At the moment, I don't see anybody else who can do that. But I am willing to be proved wrong.

Hot tea

"I've chosen not to turn up to committee meetings because I'm not really bothered how hot my tea is or where my car is parked.

"I didn't want to deal with anything but cricket.

"It's a shame it's come to this. We've got five games of hard-nosed cricket to play, and you want your team firing on all cylinders."

Law acknowledges his outburst may have an impact on his own future at the county.

"What I've just said may affect my decision (to stay on)," admitted the 40-year-old Australian, who is in his first season at the helm.

"I may not have a decision. I've just told the truth."