Surrey cancels Shadab Khan’s contract after T20 Blast postponement


Karachi: English county club Surrey has canceled the T20 Blast contracts of Pakistan’s leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Australia’s explosive opener D’Arcy Short following the postponement of the competition.

The county said in a statement that with no cricket to be played in England until July, it was mutually agreed to cancel their contracts. Shadab and Short were signed in October at the end of the 2019 season.

“Given the postponement of this competition and the current uncertainty around the makeup of the domestic season, Director of Cricket Alec Stewart spoke with both Shadab & Short separately and it was mutually agreed that the players’ contracts would be canceled,” Surrey said in a statement.

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Stewart thanked both for their understanding of the current situation and the impact coronavirus pandemic is having on the game of cricket.

“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.

It must be noted ECB has postponed all cricket activities due to the prevailing COVID-19 virus. Upcoming English domestic season will now take place sometime later this year once the current pandemic dies down.

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