Temporary cricket’s one of the best batting stars AB de Villiers is weighing his options of playing major club tournaments to secure his financial health. The swashbuckling batsman, who entertained the world with his astounding batting display across the formats, declared him unavailable for the forthcoming New Zealand and England Test series confirming that his big target is 2019 World Cup which sparked a dispute between him and Cricket South Africa (CSA). It is a clear sign that de Villiers is trying to avoid grueling Test series to keep him fit for competitive cricket.
The South African cricket has been observing an upheaval as a few key players like Rilee Rossouw and Kyle Abbott turned their back towards CSA signing controversial Kolpak deals with English county Hampshire. In the past, South African players signed the deal as well, but they served their best to their country after that they plied trade in England.
But things got changed in South Africa as recently the Republic of South Africa declared that maximum five white players can’t be picked for playing XI and rest of the players must belong to black and colours of the nation. The new policy made many cricketers vulnerable as they are feeling insecure so they get set to ply their trade in England or any other European Union countries leaving the national team in disarray. Apart from this, Cricket South Africa also pays very little in comparison to any English clubs which is also a reason for players to leave the country for Europe. Also read- (MS Dhoni didn’t relinquish the captaincy, he was forced to)
What is Kolpak ruling?
Cricketers from South African, Zimbabwean and a few Caribbean islands are eligible to play in Europe as per the Kolpak rule as they hold European Union visa because their descendent belong to European Union countries. The European Union ruled on the right of a Slovakian handball player to ply his trade in Germany in 2003. It allowed an opening for players from countries with trade agreements with the EU to bypass restrictions on overseas players in domestic European leagues.
But some players highlight on a different issue. A former South African fast bowler Roelof van der Merwe, who now plays for Netherlands, said the political condition in the country is even worse than Zimbabwe. “I had realised that my time with South Africa cricket was well and truly over. There was politics involved…I really don’t want to get into that. I don’t know what will happen if it (Cricket South Africa) becomes the next Zimbabwe… Politically, South Africa is in big trouble,” Roelof said. Also read- (Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and R Ashwin skip training session at Eden Gardens)
Even current South Africa captain Faf du Plessis also emphasized that Hashim Amla is the last Proteas batsman to play 100 Test matches for South Africa.
CSA showed their inability as cricketers are really concerned for their family, so if AB de Villiers decides to retire to sign a Kolpak deal CSA will have no option but to see the destruction of Proteas. However, CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has already said that they would not allow anyone to take a call on their availability on their own, but de Villiers has done the opposite, so CSA will be forced to take a difficult decision otherwise things will get out of control.