Somerset call off Vernon Philander's deal following coronavirus pandemic
Somerset have called of their deal with Vernon Philander by mutual agreement as the county season has been delayed due to coronavirus pandemic.
Philander played his last Test in January against England before calling time on his international career. He was all set to play for Somerset after signing a Kolpak deal with the club.
However, due to the coronavirus, cricket in England is currently on the halt until July 1 because of the crisis, with the ECB mulling over different options.
Philander, who represented South Africa in 64 Tests, has therefore ended the deal with mutual agreement.
"These are clearly very uncertain and challenging times for all counties with no cricket until at least 1 July and the likelihood of a condensed and truncated season," said Somerset director of cricket, Andy Hurry.
"It was such an exciting prospect to visualise Vernon returning to the Cooper Associates County Ground, but given the current uncertainty the cancellation of his contract was a prudent and sensible decision."