Former South African pacer Morne Morkel announced the end of his association with the county cricket club Surrey on Wednesday.
Morkel decided to call quits going against the will of the club’s chief Richard Gould who expected the pacer to continue until the 2021 season.
The 36-year-old penned a letter to the club’s supporters citing that traveling and quarantine rules were not feasible to him anymore. All of this had been making it difficult for him to spend time with his family back in Australia.
“The time has come to move onto a new chapter,” Morkel wrote.
“The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine requirements have made travel challenging and it is no longer feasible to spend large amounts of time away from home and my family.” he further stated.
Surrey had signed Morkel back in 2018 after the latter announced his retirement from international cricket after the series against Australia.
He finished with 59 wickets in the first season for the club, followed by next 44 wickets in the next season. He also participated in the Bob Willis Trophy, before sustaining ankle-injury leading to his end of season.
“Winning the County Championship in my first year at Surrey and soaking up the energy from our supporters and members – who are the heartbeat of the club – is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. Surrey will forever be in my heart and I wish the team all the best for the coming season and beyond. I’ll be watching and supporting from afar,” Morkel wrote.
The club’s director Alec Stewart said that they would look for the Morkel’s replacement post his official announcement of his retirement.