Australia duo David Warner and Marcus Stoinis have withdrawn from this summer time’s males’s Hundred competitors.
The pair had been as a result of play for Southern Brave however have pulled out due to coronavirus restrictions.
They are each additionally named in Australia’s squad for excursions of the West Indies and Bangladesh in July and August.
“It is obviously disappointing to lose players with the ability of David and Marcus,” an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) spokesperson stated.
“But the realities of Covid means there are practicalities that are difficult for some overseas players to overcome.
“Replacement abroad gamers can be signed by Southern Brave, and we look ahead to The Hundred showcasing world-class cricket this summer time.”
Opener Warner, 34, was signed for £100,000 and all-rounder Stoinis, 31, for £80,000.
The first match of the new 100-ball competition – a women’s fixture between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals – will be live on BBC TV on Wednesday, 21 July.
Both the boys’s and ladies’s finals happen at Lord’s on Saturday, 21 August.