Wed. Jan 20th, 2021

Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Steyn

Brexit Kolpak Dale SteynCould Brexit prove to be the unlikely ally of Cricket South Africa in their Kolpak battle?

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Proteas seamer Dale Steyn says he has not and will not consider an international career-ending Kolpak contract.

County Cricket edged closer to having enough former Proteas on Kolpak or non-overseas deals to field a full XI when Yorkshire announced the capture of rising seam star Duanne Olivier, earlier this year. Morne Morkel and Kyle Abbott called time on their international career’s to take up deals in 2017 and 2018 respectively but Olivier hopes to qualify to play for England down the line.

For Steyn such a move would mean the end of playing cricket at the highest level, something he says he simply cannot contemplate.

“I am a competitive person by nature and maybe I was just born to do what I do. I would obviously love to win the World Cup for my country,” Steyn told ANI news.

Steyn said that while he wouldn’t consider a Kolpak move there was very little that Cricket South Africa can do to prevent players from opting for the relative security of multi-year County Cricket deal over the uncertainty of hovering between the franchise and international game.

The speedster feels that the best bet for scuppering any future Kolpak deals might be a Brexit deal that removes County Cricket from the jurisdiction of the Kolpak ruling.

Steyn said: “I think it is each person to themselves. I personally do not want to consider it. I know it is a concern for Cricket South Africa and a very difficult one to stop. Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening.”

Cricket South Africa began instituting measures to discourage top players from taking Kolpak deals but they remain and attractive option for fringe players like Olivier.

Pace veteran Steyn expects the conditions in England to be as predictable as the weather in the United Kingdom.

“I am expecting normal English conditions for the World Cup, but these conditions may vary according to the weather during the tournament,” said the quick.

South Africa will help bring the curtain up on the 2019 Cricket World Cup when they meet England in the opening game of the tournament at the Oval on 30 May.

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