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Varun Chopra
#21
It may, or may not, be significant that Ian Westwood is not playing in the current second team game. With his good form in the second team games he played, I'd expect Ian to be back in the first team for the next championship game, and that, unless an opener is signed, or someone moves to opener, that Ian and Andy Umead will be our openers at the start of next season.
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#22
Joins Essex on a 3 year deal. It isn't clear whether he will continue to play for us in 4 day cricket until the end of the season.
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#23
(02-08-2016, 04:27 PM)The Red Baron Wrote: Joins Essex on a 3 year deal. It isn't clear whether he will continue to play for us in 4 day cricket until the end of the season.

For the sake of our chances of winning the title, I bloody hope so.
Paul fondled my onion bags.
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#24
The BBC report says it is from the end of the season.

Although there is an argument for allowing him to leave on loan, so we save the money of his salary & give Andy Umeed more experience
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#25
A great shame but inevitable, he has served us well (...when allowed to..) and I wish him well. The following report on the Essex CCC site confirms that it is effective from the end of this season. Interesting that he makes reference within the article to wanting to play in all formats:

http://www.essexcricket.org.uk/2016/08/0...essex-ccc/

"I am intent on contributing in all formats of the game and in doing that, I hope to achieve my desire to play for England. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Warwickshire, the players and the fans at Edgbaston for their support over the past 7 seasons.”
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#26
A messy departure behind which there is surely a story to be told. Whether we will ever hear it remains to be seen.

Judged solely on what we've seen on the pitch, this is a big loss. He's been a first team stalwart for a long time and I'm sorry to see him go. Best wishes and I hope things work out for him.
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#27
His omission from the one day sides was startling at the time and, particularly in the T20, hindsight tells us that it was a ridiculous decision. Regardless of what was going on behind the scenes, in the one match he played he won it for us with 97* before being promptly dropped.
Paul fondled my onion bags.
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#28
Could it have something to do with losing the captaincy?
LE - aka John
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#29
George's report here:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-crick...41271.html
It doesn't throw much more light on things, not least because I think there is a typo.  I presume he meant to say that Chopra's relationship with the team management has soured.
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(02-08-2016, 05:44 PM)Lilly Wrote: His omission from the one day sides was startling at the time and, particularly in the T20, hindsight tells us that it was a ridiculous decision. Regardless of what was going on behind the scenes, in the one match he played he won it for us with 97* before being promptly dropped.

If you check the stats you will see that he has a strike rate of just 110.00 in T20 cricket-you don't win many games averaging just over a run a ball.Everyone else has a far better strike rate,even Ian,the snail, Westwood! (114.00).
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#31
So the story goes that he opted to step down as captain. No clues there as to why relationships soured. I suppose we have to wait for the autobiography.
LE - aka John
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#32
An earlier article published on cricinfo, linked to earlier in this thread, suggested that he wanted more time off over the winter, & that he was not fully committed to the 'team ethos' and the need for the team to evolve.
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#33
Good news for Chopra:
http://www.essexcricket.org.uk/2016/09/0...of-season/
Regardless of all the circumstances surrounding his leaving, I think we should all thank him for his efforts on behalf of the Club, both as a batsman and as captain.  I hope he can help to lead Essex to promotion.
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#34
The most consistent batsman since he came fully into the side in 2011 and we will miss his runs. I did not rate him when we first got him in but he proved me wrong.
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#35
He has a career average of just 36,his strike rate in the white ball game is very poor,just an ordinary cricketer that's all.Check the stats.
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#36
Pete60, Stats have been checked and up to last season for Warwickshire, 5436 runs at 38.28. Only Bell and Trott have a better average so that must mean that all our other batsmen have been below average then. No one said he was a world beater but he played his part during many successes.
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#37
Fair comment paulbear,he certainly improved a lot during his time with us.His departure for Essex leaves a sour taste though and may have clouded my judgement of him a little.Let's hope we can find a good replacement,we badly need someone to come through.
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#38
We need more than just the one in truth.
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#39
Could Chopra be the only man from Warwickshire's 2015 squad who will play in the 1st Division next season?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket...paign=1490
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#40
It looks like Warwickshire's loss is Essex's gain:
https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/388718
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