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Gloucestershire cancel Pujara's contract amid delayed season
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Gloucestershire cancel Pujara's contract amid delayed season

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Gloucestershire to call off Cheteshwar Pujara's short-term deal with the club for this year's County Championship.

The Indian batting mainstay had signed a contract with Gloucestershire, making him available for the first six matches of their championship campaign.

With professional cricket in the United Kingdom delayed until May 28 in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and travel restrictions acting as a hindrance for the movement of players, Pujara would not turn out for the domestic franchise.

Pujara's case is similar to Australian seamer Michael Neser, whose contract with Surrey was also annulled earlier this week.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the world we have to be realistic that this period without cricket may well be extended further into the summer," the statement from Gloucestershire read.

"We spent much of the Winter preparing for the season in this, our 150th anniversary year, and we know it is a deep disappointment to all staff, players and everyone involved with the Club that the season has been delayed.

"We will also now miss the opportunity to see Cheteshwar Pujara play for the mighty Glos in the 2020 season which we know our supporters were really looking forward to."

A veteran of 77 Tests, Pujara last featured in the County Championship in the 2018 season when he played for Yorkshire. He has previously been associated with Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.