Fidel Edwards, the West Indian fast bowler, will not feature for Hampshire in 2020, but will return for a testimonial match in 2021, the club announced on Friday (July 31).
Edwards had joined Hampshire as a Kolpak player in 2015 and picked up 45 first-class wickets eight matches at an average of 20.80 that season. He missed the next season due to injury but returned in 2017 and has been a regular member of the side since then, picking 33, 50 and 48 wickets in the following seasons.
“The mutual decision, which was made in agreement with Edwards and his management, comes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused significant difficulties with the availability of players who do not permanently reside in the UK,” the club announced in a statement.
“This, coupled with the changing status of Kolpak players from the 2021 season, means that it’s likely the popular 37 year-old has played his last competitive game for Hampshire. If Edwards is unable to return in a competitive capacity, the Club will host a testimonial match to mark Fidel’s efforts and contributions in a Hampshire shirt over the years.”
Giles White, Hampshire’s Director of Cricket, said, “Circumstances have conspired against a return for Fidel and sadly, it may be that he has played his last game for the Club. Personally, I can’t speak highly enough of Fidel and the impact that he has had. He’s been an unbelievable player over his whole career but most recently with us.
“We will miss him in every way, 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.”