Chaminda Vaas appears to have played his last match for Northamptonshire after the Steelbacks opted against offering the Sri Lankan a new contract for the 2013 season.
Vaas, 38, first joined Northamptonshire in 2010 as the county's second overseas signing for the Friends Provident t20 competition and made an instant impact - scoring 412 runs and taking 23 wickets to lead the Steelbacks to the quarter-finals.
But injury has hampered his progress in recent times and the left-arm seam bowler was restricted to just six first-class matches for the county in 2012.
Northants head coach David Ripley thanked Vaas for his efforts, but admitted his poor fitness was a major factor in his departure.
"He has contributed a great deal to Northants cricket during his time here, but I would also pay tribute to his standing in the international list of greats," Ripley said.
"I have felt for Chaminda as he has strived for fitness but has just not been able to beat the injuries this year. A real gentleman of cricket, we wish him all the very best in his future."