Fidel Edwards’ Hampshire contract cancelled for 2020

Hampshire's Fidel Edwards celebrates the wicket of Somerset's Tom Abell during the Royal London One-Day Cup Final at the Lord's Cricket Ground, London, Britain on May 25, 2019.
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West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards’ career with the English County club Hampshire looks set to be over after he decided not to play for the club this year, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Hampshire and the 37-year-old have mutually decided he will not return because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reported the BBC on Friday.

It said changes to the status of Kolpak players in 2021 mean he is unlikely to re-sign.

The club says if he does not return next season, they will host a testimonial match to recognize his five years at the Ageas Bowl, according to the BBC.

“Circumstances have conspired against a return for Fidel and, sadly, it may be that he has played his last game for the club,” said Hampshire director of cricket Giles White on the club’s website.

“We will miss him in every way,” he added. “He’s been a great team mate and a wonderful performer, and we all look forward to welcoming Fidel back next year to pay tribute to his outstanding contribution to the club.”

Having taken 45 wickets at an average of 20.80 in his debut season, the BBC said Edwards missed much of the 2016 campaign with a broken ankle.

He took 33 wickets in 2017, 54 in 2018 and 48 last season, including four five-wicket hauls.

“It’s a bit sad that my Hampshire career looks to be ending in these circumstances, during the pandemic, but there is a lot to celebrate and remember from my days at Hampshire,” said Edwards, who played 55 Tests and 50 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies.

“I hope this isn’t it for me and county cricket,” he added. “But for now, I am proud to have pulled on the Hampshire shirt and look forward to returning for my testimonial match in 2021.”

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