Gautam Gambhir has cut short his maiden stint in English county cricket with Essex to return to India for “family reasons”, according to a statement released by Essex Cricket. Ignored by the national selectors for a while, Gambhir had signed up with the county in August.
“Gautam Gambhir returned to his native India on Sunday for family reasons,” the Essex statement said. “At this stage Essex Cricket and Gautam are unable to make any further comment. Essex Cricket is fully supportive of Gautam and very much hope that he will return to Essex before the end of the 2013 English domestic season.”