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South Africa could see its cricketers return to domestic fold as Brexit brings Kolpak deals to an end
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South Africa could see its cricketers return to domestic fold as Brexit brings Kolpak deals to an end

South African cricketers have been major beneficiaries of Kolpak deals, signing lucrative contracts with English counties that automatically disqualify them from representing the national team

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis laments shrinking pool of talent brought on by retirements, Kolpak
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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis laments shrinking pool of talent brought on by retirements, Kolpak

The loss of players like Duane Olivier, Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw and Simon Harmer, among others, to Kolpak contracts for playing in England have been a blow to South Africa

Hampshire's Kyle Abbott takes 17 wickets to register best figures in first-class cricket for 63 years
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Hampshire's Kyle Abbott takes 17 wickets to register best figures in first-class cricket for 63 years

Kyle Abbott's return of 17-86 against Somerset is the best ever for Hampshire and the best overall since England spinner Jim Laker took 19-90 against Australia in 1956.

'Kolpak' cricketers Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell could be ousted from English county cricket in event of no-deal Brexit
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'Kolpak' cricketers Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell could be ousted from English county cricket in event of no-deal Brexit

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, Kolpak signings would be null and void as the United Kingdom wouldn't remain a part of the EU

Cricket South Africa needs to take desperate steps to stop Kolpak exodus, here's what can be done
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Cricket South Africa needs to take desperate steps to stop Kolpak exodus, here's what can be done

If the rainbow nation is to thrive as it did during the years of Nelson Mandela’s presidency soon after African National Congress’ landslide victory in 1994, the opportunities must be equal to all South Africans.

South Africa vs Pakistan: Proteas flaunt their fast bowling prowess to turn the scales against Sarfraz Ahmed and Co
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South Africa vs Pakistan: Proteas flaunt their fast bowling prowess to turn the scales against Sarfraz Ahmed and Co

Duanne Olivier, who is mentored by Allan Donald, was on fire claiming 11 wickets to rock the brittle Pakistan batting line-up.

India captain Virat Kohli to accept 'very nominal fee' to turn up for his stint at English county Surrey
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India captain Virat Kohli to accept 'very nominal fee' to turn up for his stint at English county Surrey

Kohli, who will not play the one-off Test against Afghanistan and two T20 Internationals against Ireland (all in June), is keen to redeem himself in the Old Blighty in pursuit of greatness.

Morne Morkel's retirement may have been spurred by  dip in form, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi's emergence
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Morne Morkel's retirement may have been spurred by dip in form, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi's emergence

With this patchy ODI form as well as the emergence of young fast bowlers like Ngidi and Junior Dala, perhaps Morkel would have felt the insecurity surrounding his World Cup place. Whereas in the Test side, based on the current form, Morkel seems like the fourth-choice pacer after Rabada, Philander and Ngidi.

India vs South Africa: Lungi Ngidi says dismissing Virat Kohli was a 'very special moment' for him
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India vs South Africa: Lungi Ngidi says dismissing Virat Kohli was a 'very special moment' for him

South African pacer Lungi Ngidi today said that trapping Virat Kohli, one of the world's best batsmen, lbw in India's second innings of the second Test was a special moment.

Natwest T20 Blast: Shahid Afridi's 43-ball ton powers Hampshire to semi-finals
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Natwest T20 Blast: Shahid Afridi's 43-ball ton powers Hampshire to semi-finals

Pakistan's Shahid Afridi blasted 101 in only 43 balls to inspire Hampshire's 101-run victory at Derbyshire in the Twenty20 Blast quarter-finals on Tuesday.

South Africa's Hashim Amla is considering Kolpak deal, claims report
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South Africa's Hashim Amla is considering Kolpak deal, claims report

Hashim Amla could become the latest player to leave South Africa and sign a Kolpak deal after Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw, Stiaan van Zyl and Dane Vilas.

South Africa will be 'middle of the road' in Tests due to quota-based selections, feels Graeme Pollock
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South Africa will be 'middle of the road' in Tests due to quota-based selections, feels Graeme Pollock

Transformation is designed to cope with the legacy of apartheid in South Africa, when largely only white players such as Pollock, were allowed to play for official South Africa sides.

South Africa cricket legend Barry Richards questions end goal of racial transformation policy
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South Africa cricket legend Barry Richards questions end goal of racial transformation policy

Cricket South Africa defined the policy as one where national teams should include on average and across all formats, six players of colour, of which two must be black African.

BCCI's refusal to allow Indian cricketers in foreign leagues depriving team of T20 specialists
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BCCI's refusal to allow Indian cricketers in foreign leagues depriving team of T20 specialists

BCCI should establish itself as the global ambassador of cricket by exporting its players, coaches and match officials to every part of the world where cricket is played. Doing so will benefit not just India’s cricket economy but also its cricket culture.

CSA reveals fighting Kolpak talent drain one of the key reasons behind new T20 league
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CSA reveals fighting Kolpak talent drain one of the key reasons behind new T20 league

CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat conceded that one of the major considerations before announcing the launch of an ambitious Twenty20 Global Destination League was losing key South African players to the Kolpak agreement.

Kolpak departures: Time for cricket to prioritise club-based structure over international one
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Kolpak departures: Time for cricket to prioritise club-based structure over international one

In a world where the Uefa Champions league boasts of the best football, and the Grand slam is valued higher han the Davis Cup. In the wake of Kolpak contracts, cricket should soon look to follow suit.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Proteas look to move on from Kolpak 'disruption'
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South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Proteas look to move on from Kolpak 'disruption'

South African captain Faf du Plessis admitted on Wednesday that Kyle Abbott’s Kolpak defection had been a disruption ahead of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka starting at the Wanderers Stadium on Thursday.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Hashim Amla looks to regain form ahead of his 100th match
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South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Hashim Amla looks to regain form ahead of his 100th match

Hashim Amla will become the eighth South African to appear in 100 Test matches in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

David Wiese latest South African to sign Sussex deal, virtually ending international career
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David Wiese latest South African to sign Sussex deal, virtually ending international career

South African all-rounder David Wiese has followed the lead of countrymen Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw after English county Sussex announced his arrival on a three-year contract.

Explaining Kolpak, the ruling that allowed Kyle Abbot to ditch South Africa for country cricket
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Explaining Kolpak, the ruling that allowed Kyle Abbot to ditch South Africa for country cricket

South African cricket was rocked Thursday when fast bowler Kyle Abbott and one-day star Rilee Rossouw quit the national team in order to play county cricket in England under so-called 'Kolpak contracts'.