Cricket South Africa Helpless Against Exodus Of Players, Admits Haroon Lorgat
The last few years have been profusely turbulent for South Africa’s cricket fraternity. The reason behind that isn’t related to their on-field performance, as off-field issues such as political policies in cricket have added a lot of burden. Due to the government rule of having a certain number of coloured players in the rank and abiding by the quota rules, several South Africans believe that players aren’t being selected upon merit.
As a result, in the recent past, there have been multiple cases of South African cricketers signing up Kolpak deals with English counties. A Kolpak deal refers to an arrangement, where South African players can sign up with English counties as non-overseas players. The only aspect that happens is that under this arrangement, the players cannot play any international cricket for a certain time frame, after which they are eligible to represent England.
Haroon Lorgat, CEO of Cricket South Africa admitted that the board was helpless to stop the players from going the Kolpak way. “We cannot restrain individuals from plying their trade,” Lorgat said. “Over and above our regular reviews of the domestic playing rules and regulations to ensure it is fit for purpose, we will continue to rather focus on making sure that we have the best systems to produce the best cricketers in numbers.”
“We have realised a long time back that the world is a global village with people very mobile. Like in every other country and across every other profession, South African citizens will venture abroad to take advantage of stronger currencies and employment opportunities. “This mobility affects all professions and is not limited to cricketers who ply their trade in English counties,” Lorgat further added.
Lorgat said that players, who chose to go Kolpak, were not willing to work hard enough to get selected on merit. “Any player citing transformation or targets is looking for a soft excuse as he or she might not be prepared to work hard enough to fight for a place in our representative teams,” Lorgat said.
“We only select the best as was evident in our recent successes against Australia. You don’t whitewash Australia or beat them seven times in a row without choosing your best,” Lorgat concluded, backing the racial quotas.
For example, players like Dane Peidt, who are on periphery of national team are seeking better future for themselves due to various factors like Brexit and Kolpak.
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