Club Statement: Fidel Edwards

Fast-bowler will not feature for the Club in 2020, but will return for a testimonial match in 2021

Hampshire Cricket can announce that fast-bowler Fidel Edwards will unfortunately not feature for the Club during the 2020 season.

The mutual decision, which was made in agreement with Edwards and his management, comes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused significant difficulties with the availability of players who do not permanently reside in the UK.

This, coupled with the changing status of Kolpak players from the 2021 season, means that it’s likely the popular 37 year-old has played his last competitive game for Hampshire.

If Edwards is unable to return in a competitive capacity, the Club will host a testimonial match to mark Fidel’s efforts and contributions in a Hampshire shirt over the years.

Circumstances have conspired against a return for Fidel and sadly, it may be that he has played his last game for the Club. Personally, I can’t speak highly enough of Fidel and the impact that he has had. He’s been an unbelievable player over his whole career but most recently with us.

We will miss him in every way, he’s been a great team mate and a wonderful performer, and we all look forward to welcoming Fidel back next year to pay tribute to his outstanding contribution to the Club.

Giles White, Director of Cricket

Edwards joined the Club in 2015 and picked up 45 first-class wickets in just eight matches at an average of 20.80 in his debut campaign. After a suffering a season-ending injury early in 2016, the right-arm seamer returned in typically emphatic style to pick up 33 wickets at an average of just 24.06 in 2017.

Recent summers were equally fruitful for the West Indian as he passed 50 first-class wickets in a season for the first time in his career in 2018 before taking 48 wickets at an average of just 25.83, including four five-wicket hauls, in 2019.

It’s a bit sad that my Hampshire career looks to be ending in these circumstances, during the pandemic, but there is a lot to celebrate and remember from my days at Hampshire. I want to thank all my team-mates and the staff at the club who have made me feel so welcome and of the course the supporters too.

I hope this isn’t it for me and county cricket, but for now I am proud to have pulled on the Hampshire shirt and look forward to returning for my testimonial match in 2021.

Fidel Edwards

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