South Africa is currently under the transition period. Some players have taken rest and some have retired and some have signed Kolpak deal. The inexperienced team, which toured India, had to face defeat against India. They were badly defeated in Indian fields as they were not able to win a Test match. Faf du Plessis shares the reason behind the defeat.
South African players were weak in all the departments. The bowlers were not able to pick wickets which allowed the Indian batters to set big totals. The Proteas batting department lost the wickets at regular intervals. Indian bowlers were dominating the field. First time in Test cricket history, India managed clean sweep to South Africa.
What is the Kolpak Deal? and Why is affecting South African players?
Test captain Faf du Plessis accepted that South Africa needed talented players. He blamed Kolpak deal for South Africa losing the talented players.
Kolpaka deals allow the citizen of the countries which have signed the European Association Agreement can work within the European Union. So according to this, South African players have the right to play for other countries.
Many talented South African players have signed Kolpak deal and they are playing domestic cricket for England. All most 60 players around the county have taken advantage of this deal.
Faf du Plessis names Simon Harmer, who plays county cricket, has played tremendously well in domestic cricket for them.
“It’s sad for South African cricket not to have the option of their best players. Simon Harmer has had an unbelievable season. And it would be great for South Africa to be in a position where they could go, He’s done well overseas. Let’s bring him on tour with us’,”
“You are missing out on all your best players and your talent pool is all of a sudden a lot smaller. So that’s something that we’ve tried to identify to stop. But it’s been very difficult to stop.”
Big Players are also signing Kolpak deal
Faf du Plessis said that big players who have retired from International cricket are not interested to play domestic cricket for their country. He points out Hashim Amla who is ready to play county cricket for Surrey after signing the Kolpak deal.
He detects that it is a loss for the country if the talented and experienced players leave their country to play under a different tag. Faf du Plessis said that they should set some good example for the young players but they only are choosing a different path.
“Even the guys going there post international cricket, like Hashim Amla, those guys, they won’t be playing domestic cricket back home. So you lose all of that experience, which would have helped the young guys so much.”
“Playing with Hashim Amla is the greatest learning curve that you can get. Playing with Dale Steyn, playing with AB de Villiers, all those guys… so it’s about making sure that you can bridge that gap and finding ways to do it,” Faf du Plessis said.
“Obviously, from a financial point of view, the Pound is stronger than the Rand… But the lesser of those things that there are for players to go overseas, obviously, that that will be much beneficial for cricket in South Africa because at the moment, we’re losing our experience in international cricket.”
Brexit Will benefit South Africa: Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis opines that Brexit will help South Africa on a big scale as after which South Africa will be able to pick their players who will perform better. He accepts that in England have more opportunities for domestic cricketers.
“So maybe, post-Brexit, guys will still go and play there, but you can still pick them for your country. Brexit will be one thing that will stop obviously the Kolpak players. So yes that would benefit SA cricket tremendous amounts,” du Plessis said.
“It will still mean that players will go and play there and will just be under a different name tag. Because opportunities are there for players in the domestic circuit in England,” he feared.