Sussex have recruited Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan until the summer of 2022, and have requested the release of former captain Ben Brown. Rizwan will be ready to play in the County Championship and T20 Blast starting in early April. “For the 2022 season, I am incredibly honored and thrilled to be a part of the famous Sussex County Cricket Club. I’d always heard good things about the Sussex community, and this family club had always had a special place in my heart “Rizwan stated.

“Mohammad’s first-class and Test records speak for themselves, and it’s a major coup to welcome him to Sussex for a big section of next season’s Championship,” said coach Ian Salisbury, who added that losing a player like Brown was “very disappointing.”

Brown, who has been with Sussex from the start of his career and scored 976 runs in 12 games last season, was appointed club captain in 2017 but was asked to step down in the middle of the most recent season. His contract had two years left on it.

In a statement, Brown said, “As this chapter of my career draws to an end, I’d like to express my gratitude to Sussex for the opportunity I’ve been given over a 22-year affiliation with the club. I’ve made life-long friends, traveled the world, and made life-long memories playing cricket for Sussex since I was 11 years old.

“I wish the existing squad and support staff the best of luck in the next few years, and I want to see the youthful group grow at Hove in the coming seasons. Personally, I believe it is time for me to return to being a Sussex supporter as I embark on a new chapter in my cricket career.”

Rob Andrew, the company’s CEO, stated: “We’ve worked hard to find a way ahead that maintains him at the club, and we felt we’d be able to do so until recently. Ben, on the other hand, has made it clear that he wants to leave Sussex, and it would be in no one’s best interests to hold him there against his will.

“Ben has been a part of Sussex for almost two decades and has an impressive track record. With the bat, the gloves, and his captaincy, he has always given his all.”