Duanne Olivier, South Africa’s next big thing in international cricket, surprised one and all when he turned his back to the Proteas after striking a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire last month. Meanwhile, everyone pitted Olivier as the successor of Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander in the pace department. The right-arm pacer became the 43rd cricketer to quit South African cricket for Kolpak contract.
The 26-year-old Duanne Olivier grabbed eyeballs with his man of the series effort against Pakistan. He picked 24 wickets from three Tests to dismantle the Pakistan batting order. However, the decision came as a surprising one as he declined a two-year contract from Cricket South Africa. Meanwhile, in a recent interview, Olivier expressed his desire to represent England in Test cricket. This will take Olivier to obtain British citizenship – which is likely to take more than five years. But Duanne Olivier is content with his decision saying that it is not possible to make everyone understand everything.
The pace sensation also added that this is the best thing for him and feels County Cricket will improve his game in the long run.
“For me, it was just the best decision to make. For me and my family, relocating is the best decision for our future,” Olivier said to Daily Mail on Wednesday.
“I realise some people will understand and some people won’t at all, but it doesn’t really faze me what they think. At the end of the day, it’s about what I want to do. I want to see things going forward and I feel like my cricket will improve playing county cricket,” he added.
Want to play Test cricket for England
Furthermore, Duanne Olivier is keen to play Test cricket for England now that his option to represent South Africa is over. Olivier has set his priorities in place with playing for England on top, but for now, he wants to concentrate playing for Yorkshire.
“I accept that my Test career is over for South Africa but if I do well, hopefully in the future, I can play for England,” he added. “Yes, it will be a goal to play for England one day and it would be amazing but for now my pure focus is on Yorkshire and just doing well for them,” he concluded.
As per the report, Duanne Olivier’s salary at Headingley will be close to £150,000-£100,000, which is roughly three times as much as what he would have earned as a South African international.
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