Be­har­dien’s Kol­pak deal is in limbo

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FARHAAN Be­har­dien said good­bye to the Ti­tans after a 14 year stint on Sun­day, but his move to English County Durham is on hold, while the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board de­cide what to do about the start of the County sea­son in the UK.

Be­har­dien signed a two year Kol­pak deal with Durham, which he is due to take up when the County Cham­pi­onship starts on April 12.

How­ever the coron­avirus pan­demic is likely to lead to a post­pone­ment, leav­ing Be­har­dien and oth­ers like him in limbo.

The ECB is set to hold a meet­ing to­day with coun­ties and other stake­hold­ers. “I was sup­posed to fly (to Eng­land) on the 25th (of March),” said Be­har­dien. “I’m still await­ing news from Durham.”

“They are like us here in South Africa, ad­her­ing to gov­ern­ment guide­lines. I’ll know more in the com­ing days.”

The South African gov­ern­ment has banned vis­i­tors from a num­ber of coun­tries in­clud­ing the UK and ad­vised cit­i­zens against non-es­sen­tial travel at the mo­ment.

“I’ve also talked to (Ti­tans team) doc­tor and he’s also ad­vised against trav­el­ling right now. So more than likely I’ll be in South Africa for the next lit­tle bit.”

“The sit­u­a­tion might change in a cou­ple of months to al­low us to come back, maybe with stricter trav­el­ling con­trols, es­pe­cially en­ter­ing the UK.

“But I will await what Durham has to say. I have a two year con­tract, I’ve signed it, they’ve signed it, so it’s a legally bind­ing doc­u­ment.”

Rafael Nadal

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