Surrey have cancelled the contracts of overseas players Shadab Khan and D’Arcy Short following the postponement of the 2020 T20 Blast competition.
Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab, 21, and Australia batsman Short, 29, were roped in the October window at the end of the 2019 season.
According to an official statement from the county’s end, with no cricket to be played in England until July, it was mutually agreed to release the players.
Surrey’s Director of cricket Alec Stewart said:
“This is the most sensible decision. I would like to thank both Shadab and D’Arcy and their management companies for their understanding of the current situation and the impact these testing times are having on our game.”
Shadab was the skipper of Islamabad United in the inconclusive Pakistan Super League Season 5, where he had a stellar campaign with both bat and ball. The talented allrounder also featured in the KFC Big Bash league earlier.
Short replaced Aaron Finch as Surrey’s overseas batsman and smashed 483 runs in 12 innings for Durham in the competition last year.
He was also signed for £125,000 by Trent Rockets for this year’s The Hundred competition prior to its postponement until 2021 earlier this week.