Ravi Bopara says he is very disappointed to be let go by Sussex.

The T20 skipper will not be offered a contract for next season.

He has captained Sharks through two challenging campaigns which have seen them fail to make the knockout stages after losing a host of senior players.

Via a press release issued by the club, Bopara said: “It was very disappointing to be told by Paul Farbrace last week that there was not to be an extension of my contract at the Club.

“This is particularly so after a very good season with bat and ball. Having said that, I’ve loved my time at Sussex.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with young players in the 2nd XI T20 matches and seeing some of the boys progress to the 1st team.

“Seeing that progression and development has been incredibly satisfying.

“It’s been an absolute honour to have captained the 1st team in the T20 Blast and seeing the potential of our young team of players come through and finish the back end of the tournament strong has highlighted the progress we have made.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players and staff who have helped me become a better cricketer and person and all the members and fans for their loyal support throughout the years.

“I now really looking forward to my next playing opportunity as I have a great deal more to offer to the game as a player."

Farbrace said he has enjoyed working with Bopara and highlighted his T20 career best 108 in the win at Kent on Friday.

The Sussex head coach added: “Ravi has helped our young players with their development over the last couple of years that he has spent at Hove and we will miss his personality and experience at the club.”