Yorkshire cancels Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin and Keshav Maharaj’s contracts
Due to global coronavirus pandemic, English county side, Yorkshire has decided to terminate the contracts of Nicholas Pooran, Keshav Maharaj and Ravichandran Ashwin. Due to growing cases across the country, all competitive cricket activities have been stopped till 1st July. The termination of contracts happened with full consent of the players due to Coronavirus Pandemic.
Since all type of professional cricket will not be played in May and June, Yorkshire decided their contracts with these three players. The start of English season might not happen before July so England and Wales Cricket Board are making efforts to make all security measures are in place for competitive cricket takes place across the country.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was signed by Yorkshire for the eight games of the upcoming 2020 English County Championship season. West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran was signed to play for Yorkshire in the Vitality T20 Blast competition. South Africa’s left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj was also signed by the county side to play the first two matches of the English County Championship season.
Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon said that, “I really appreciate the players responded to this scenario.” He further stated that the county side have been in regular touch with the three players and their managers throughout this period.” Moxon said that the safety of the players have been utmost priority for the county side due to ongoing covid-19 pandemic. He said that the county side will hopefully see these players play an active at Headingley in the future.
Several English counties have terminated their contracts of the overseas players due to Covid-19 Pandemic. Essex has decided to push Peter Siddle’s contract to next season. BJ Watling, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Henry and James Faulkner are some of the high-profile players who have had their contracts terminated.