Marchant De Lange Latest Player To Go The Kolpak Way
Cricket South Africa (CSA) have suffered a major blow yet again as another player has apparently chosen to represent English county over the national side. Discarded pacer Marchant De Lange, who made his debut in 2011/12 against Sri Lanka, has signed up with Glamorgan to become another infamous addition in the list of South Africans choosing Kolpak deals.
Off late, with racial quota targets becoming a serious off field issue in South Africa, several players who didn’t seem optimistic about their future engaged in Kolpak deals. Renowned names among them were that of pacer Kyle Abbott, batsman Rilee Rossouw and all-rounder David Wiese.
De Lange wasn’t completely eligible for Kolpak since he hasn’t played the minimum number of games in the last few years. However, he can still qualify for the arrangement as his wife holds a British passport.
Recently, Haroon Lorgat of Cricket South Africa had elaborated on how the board was helpless towards players going Kolpak.
“We cannot restrain individuals from plying their trade,” Haroon 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,” he concluded.
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