Behardien’s Kolpak deal is in limbo
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.”