The pandemic spread of the COVID-19 virus has lead to postponement or cancelation of all sporting activities across the world. All Cricketing activities suffer from a similar fate as they are halted for the time bring. Surrey County Cricket Club has decided to cancel the contracts of D’Arcy Short and Shadab Khan. The club has decided to the same due to the competition being postponed because of the Corona Virus.
Surrey County Cricket Club is scheduled to take part in T20 Blast starting May 28. ECB decided to stop all the practice of no professional cricket in England and Wales until July 1. Following ECB’s decision, the tournament has been postponed because of the pandemic.
Surrey released aa statement saying, “Given the postponement and the current uncertainty around the makeup of the domestic season … it was mutually agreed that the players’ contracts would be canceled.”
The inaugural edition of ECB’s dream project ‘The Hundred’ has been postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Shadab and Short were also set to feature in the same which is also rescheduled beaus of the pandemic.
Alec Stewart who is Surrey’s director of cricket, said, “I would like to thank both Shadab & D’Arcy and their management companies for their understanding of the current situation and the impact these testing times are having on our game.”
“While we continue to prepare for cricket at The Kia Oval this summer, uncertainties around restrictions and scheduling across the world and here in the UK means this is the most sensible decision for both the players and the club for now,” he added.
Several counties like Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Gloucestershire, amongst others, have canceled overseas players’ contracts. The list includes Cheteshwar Pujara and R Ashwin who were ready to feature in the county this year around.