Lancashire and the golf equipment three abroad gamers — BJ Watling, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner — have mutually terminated contracts for the 2020 marketing campaign. New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Watling was signed for the opening 9 County Championship video games whereas the Australian duo of Maxwell and Faulkner have been signed up for the T20 Blast competitors.
However, because of this of the COVID-19 pandemic and given the cancellation of all fixtures till May 28 — and the present uncertainty surrounding the season past that date — Lancashire’s Director of Cricket Paul Allott contacted all three gamers and representatives during the last two weeks and having defined the scenario, it was mutually agreed that every one three contracts for the 2020 season can be cancelled.
Allott stated: “These are clearly very uncertain and challenging times for all counties both financially and operationally and it’s clear the issues we face at the moment will have an impact on the way we prepare for the domestic season.”
“The abroad participant scenario is a coverage that has been mentioned nationwide and we predict it’s prudent to mutually come to an settlement with the gamers we had initially signed.
“We will be in contact with the gamers and their representatives, and as half of the settlement we’ve come to, we do have an choice to signal them for the 2021 marketing campaign.
“Clearly, we’re a condensed and truncated season, and while it’s of course disappointing to not have any abroad gamers at our disposal, it does imply that we can give our younger, and homegrown gamers elevated alternatives,” he added.
In addition, the membership has additionally agreed with all employees a 20 per cent wage discount in May. This has additionally been unanimously agreed to by the Lancashire gamers.
“I would also like to thank the current Lancashire squad for agreeing to a 20 per cent salary reduction for the month of May,” Allott stated.
“The players were very keen that any salary reductions for them should be in line with the rest of the club’s staff. It has truly been a unified approach to what is a very difficult situation we currently find ourselves in,” he added.