Yorkshire cancel Ashwin, Maharaj, Pooran’s contract

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s deal to play part of the 2020 season at Yorkshire has been canceled. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means domestic cricket in England will not start until July at the earliest.

Yorkshire cancel Ashwin, Maharaj, Pooran's contract

His team, Yorkshire, said on Monday that they could not sign any foreign players, not just Ashwin. The reason is of course coronavirus.

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Due to coronavirus, there is no certainty as to when the English season will start this time. County teams are leaving foreign players in such uncertainty. Yorkshire are releasing Indian off-spinner Ashwin and South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj. The two were scheduled to play for Yorkshire in the county championship. West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran was scheduled to play for the same team in the T20 Blast.

The three cricketers did not object to the decision to cancel the contract due to the coronavirus. The club authorities in Yorkshire have therefore thanked their foreign players. Martyn Moxon, director of cricket for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said in a press release:

“First of all, I would like to thank the players for their understanding. We are in regular contact with the player and his agents during the COVID-19 epidemic. They have been extremely professional and appreciate the uncertainty facing counties at present. We hope that we will be able to see them at Emerald Headingley in the future.”

Like Yorkshire, Essex cancel the contract of Australia’s Peter Siddle. Hampshire have canceled Nathan Lyon’s contract while Lancashire have canceled Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner’s contract.

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