Keshav Maharaj’s county deal off as Yorkshire cancel 2020 contracts

Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj was one of the internationals who were set to join Yorkshire in the English summer.

Keshav Maharaj’s county deal off as Yorkshire cancel 2020 contracts

English county outfit, Yorkshire has called off contracts with overseas players following the delay brought on by the global pandemic.

Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj was set to join the club for its two opening games of the County Championship, which was initially due to kick off in April.

Yorkshire call off international contracts

The Test star is one of three international players whose contract have been cancelled by mutual agreement, along with India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran.

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India’s bowler Ravichandran Ashwin (L) celebrates after taking the wicket of South Africa’s batsman Keshav Maharaj (R) during the third day play of second test cricket match between India and South Africa, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on October 12, 2019. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP) /

With the start of the season in doubt, all parties have come to the agreement to cancel the contracts previously agreed upon.

“Firstly, I really appreciate the players’ understanding in this matter,” Yorkshire Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon said.

“We have been in regular contact with the players and their agents throughout this Covid pandemic. 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.”

Martyn Moxon

Saffa reunion between Maharaj and Olivier called off

Maharaj has played 30 Test matches for South Africa, taking 110 wickets at an average of 33.19. He has also featured in seven One Day Internationals, taking as many wickets.

He was set to join countryman Duanne Olivier at Yorkshire after the fast bowler signed a Kolpak contract ahead of the 2019 county season.

The two last featured in national colours together in the 2018/19 home summer, taking Test 40 wickets between them in the five matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with Olivier the main aggressor.

South Africa are due to tour the Caribbean in July for a two-Test series against the West Indies and five T20 Internationals.

Source : The South African More