Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor might play his final game for Zimbabwe when he takes the field against India in their last Pool B game of the 2015 World Cup. Taylor has signed a three-year Kolpak deal with Nottinghamshire, subject to ECB approval, which makes him ineligible to play for Zimbabwe while that contract is in effect. He might even go on to represent England in International Cricket.
What is a Kolpak?
A Slovak handball player, Maros Kolpak, won a court case in 2003 to ply his trade in EU countries as his country at that stage had a trade agreement with the EU. The lawsuit succeeded on the restraint of trade principle. This opened the way for professional sports persons from countries who have a trade agreement with the EU to be free to play professional sport in those countries. Hence the principle of a Kolpak player was born. There are three cricketing countries that currently have a trade agreement with the EU: Jamaica, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Taylor’s availability for Nottinghamshire will be confirmed following the World Cup.
I’m very, very sad to leave Zimbabwe cricket. I’ve had some fond memories and I have some great friends here, but life goes on and you have to try and make the best decisions for your family and moving forward, Taylor told ahead of Zimbabwe’s game against India.