Matt Henry’s Contract With Kent Withdrawn Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Matt Henry (© AFP)

New Zealand pacer Matt Henry won’t be returning to Kent County Cricket Club for another stint after his contract was mutually cancelled in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Henry is the fourth overseas cricketer after Cheteshwar Pujara, Michael Nesser and Nathan Lyon to lose out on a county deal due to the health crisis triggered by the deadly virus which has killed over 1,19,000 globally.

Professional cricket in UK has been suspended till May 28 and there’s fear county season might be scrapped altogether this year.

“Once the decision was announced by the ECB that there would be no cricket until at least the end of May it became inevitable the Matt would not be returning to Kent this season,” Kent’s director of cricket Paul Downton said.

“The club continues to enjoy a good relationship with Matt. He has many friends here and the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received when we announced the he would return in 2020 is a measure of Matt himself: he’s a fantastic person on and off the cricket field.

Henry was to play for Kent for first seven county championship matches. He was their star performer in the 2018 championship with 78 wickets at 15.48 helping their promotion.

“We’d like to thank Matt for his understanding in difficult circumstances. Hopefully another opportunity will arise in the near future which will allow him to join us once again,” Downton said.