Warwickshire County Cricket Club has confirmed that Australian off-spinning all-rounder Chris Green will no longer join Birmingham Bears squad for this year’s Vitality Blast tournament.

Green (26) was due to return as Bears captain for the 2020 Vitality Blast, but as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the delayed start to the season, recently appointed Club Captain Will Rhodes will now skipper in T20 cricket alongside his First Class and List A roles.

“All of the Cricket Management Team and players think the world of Chris,” said Bears Sport Director Paul Farbrace.

“Nobody should forget the commitment that he showed to the Bears last summer by coming into the side for our Vitality Blast home match with Notts Outlaws, within 24 hours after completing a match in the Global T20 Canada.

Paul Farbrace

“These are unfortunate circumstances and sadly the impact of COVID is something that every cricket club and organisation is feeling.

“Chris is a true professional. His willingness to support the Club and his and way of dealing with this has been exemplary. We certainly hope that we can bring him back to Edgbaston as a Bear soon.”

T20 specialist Green is a long-term member of the Sydney Thunder squad in the Big Bash League in his native Australia and for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League. He was also signed by Kolkota Knight Riders in the 2020 IPL auction.

The Australian joined the Bears in last year’s Vitality Blast, as a replacement for the injured Ashton Agar, and he went on to play the final six games of the tournament.