Australian pacer Michael Neser has become the first cricketer to be affected by the Coronavirus crisis, as the Surrey County Cricket Club has terminated his contract for this year’s domestic season with the uncertainty looming over County cricket in England due to the ongoing pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already impacted all sporting activities across the world, the England and Wales Cricket Board has suspended all form of the game in the country till the 28 May while there is still no clarity on when the game will resume again as the deadly disease continues to kill the peoples.
Neser and Surrey on Wednesday (April 8) mutually decided the same, as the 30-year-old all-rounder agreed to terminate the contract that was due to run until the start of July 2020 given the current circumstances across the globe and the UK as well.
Director of Cricket Alec Stewart told his club’s official website: “Given the testing times we find ourselves in, I would like to thank Michael Neser and his management company for their total understanding of the current situation and full agreement of this decision.”
He added, “The wider issues the sport is facing is paramount and it was refreshing to know Michael and his representatives are looking at the bigger picture in this sensible and responsible way.”
Noteworthy, the deadly virus has infected over 14 lakh and claimed 82000 lives globally so far while the UK has confirmed over 55000 COVID-19 cases with 6100 deaths till now.
(With IANS Inputs)