Fidel Edwards, the West Indian quick bowler, is not going to function for Hampshire in 2020, however will return for a testimonial match in 2021, the membership introduced on Friday (July 31).
Edwards had joined Hampshire as a Kolpak participant in 2015 and picked up 45 first-class wickets eight matches at a median of 20.80 that season. He missed the following season resulting from damage however returned in 2017 and has been an everyday member of the facet since then, choosing 33, 50 and 48 wickets within the following seasons.
“The mutual choice, which was made in settlement with Edwards and his administration, comes because of the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought about vital difficulties with the supply of gamers who don’t completely reside within the UK,” the membership introduced in a press release.
“This, coupled with the altering standing of Kolpak gamers from the 2021 season, implies that it is doubtless the favored 37 year-old has performed his final aggressive sport for Hampshire. If Edwards is unable to return in a aggressive capability, the Membership will host a testimonial match to mark Fidel’s efforts and contributions in a Hampshire shirt over time.”
Giles White, Hampshire’s Director of Cricket, mentioned, “Circumstances have conspired towards a return for Fidel and sadly, it could be that he has performed his final sport for the Membership. Personally, I can not converse extremely sufficient of Fidel and the influence that he has had. He is been an unbelievable participant over his entire profession however most lately with us.
“We are going to miss him in each means, he is been an ideal crew mate and an exquisite performer, and all of us sit up for welcoming Fidel again subsequent yr to pay tribute to his excellent contribution to the membership.”