Yorkshire has terminated the contracts of R Ashwin, Keshav Maharaj and Nicholas Pooran in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has pushed the start of the English cricket season to July end. Ashwin, Maharaj and Pooran were three of Yorkshire’s major overseas signings and were expected to play a major part in the County Championship, but the club and players mutually decided to call it off. Also Read - Nicholas Pooran Takes Cue From Pat Cummins, PBKS Cricketer Promises to Donate Part of IPL Salary For India's Battle Against Covid19

“Firstly, I really appreciate the players’ understanding in this matter. We have been in regular contact with the players and their agents throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. They have been extremely professional and appreciate the uncertainty facing counties at present,” Martyn Moxon, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Director of Cricket said. Also Read - NZ vs WI: Roston Chase Named Test Vice-Captain, Nicholas Pooran Retains Position For New Zealand Tour

“We hope that we will be able to see them at Emerald Headingley in the future.” Also Read - IPL 2020 News, DC vs KXIP: Sachin Tendulkar Compares Nicholas Pooran's 'Stance And Backlift' to South Africa Great JP Duminy

This would have been Ashwin’s third stint at County cricket having earlier turned out for Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire. In 2017, Ashwin picked up 20 wickets in four matches for the club, while averaging an impressive 42.50 with the bat scoring 214 runs. Two years later, Ashwin signed up for Nottinghamshire and grabbed 34 wickets with a best of 6/69 against Surrey.

West Indies batsman Pooran was to join Yorkshire for the T20 Blast, while Maharaj, the South Africa spinner was in line to play the first two games of the season.

Ashwin, Pooran and Maharaj are the latest players to have their County stints terminated following the likes of Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, BJ Watling, James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell and Michael Neser.