Matthew Hoggard’s career at Yorkshire ended in acrimony on Monday with the county and the former England seamer trading accusations over events that led to his departure.
Hoggard, who was Yorkshire’s leading wicket-taker in the recently completed 2009 County Championship, revealed in The Times that he had not been offered a contract for next year, despite recently discussing the possibility of taking over the captaincy of the club.
Describing himself as “shocked and bitterly disappointed,” Hoggard suggested the county had failed to match his loyalty.
That prompted Yorkshire to issue a statement which claimed Hoggard had, earlier this year, turned down a contract that could have kept him at the county until the end of the 2011 season.
“An extremely competitive two-year contract, with the option of a third year based on performance, was offered to Matthew Hoggard at the beginning of the season; a deal that would have retained his position as one of the highest earners at the county,” the statement said.
“Matthew turned that contract offer down as he wanted a higher salary and a longer contract.”
Hoggard claimed he never had any intention of leaving the county. “I think I’ve been loyal to Yorkshire,” he said. “I wanted to commit the rest of my career to the club and I would have relished the thought of captaincy, which I had discussed with (chairman) Colin Graves and (director of cricket) Martyn Moxon.
“Now I have effectively been sacked and I’m not even going to play for Yorkshire again, which makes me incredibly sad.”
He added: “What really upsets me is that I wasn’t given the chance in my final game to say goodbye to the Yorkshire supporters, who have been so good to me over the years.