Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw quit SA cricket to sign Kolpak deals

Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw quit SA cricket to sign Kolpak deals

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Kyle Abbott of South Africa. (Photo by Quinn Rooney – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Proteas speedster Kyle Abbott’s career as an international cricketer is all but over after Cricket South Africa formally terminated his national contract following his multi-year Kolpak deal with English county Hampshire. CSA announced on Thursday that they have terminated the national contract of Kyle Abbott by mutual agreement and with immediate effect.

CSA is also expected to take the same step against left-handed top order batsman Rilee Rossouw after the hard-hitting southpaw also committed himself to a Kolpak contract. “Regrettably we have no option but to sever our ties with both Abbott and Rossouw as they are no longer available for South Africa,” CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

“It is a disappointing day not just for South African cricket but also for international cricket as these players have given up their opportunity to be seen in action on the international circuit.We have encouraged Rilee and Kyle to reconsider their decisions but both have indicated that they wish to take up Kolpak contracts,” he said.

“Whilst this is a loss for South African cricket we can only wish them well with their overseas careers.”Lorgat also went onto explain that why CSA felt that terminating their contracts will effect the Proteas in the longer run.

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“From CSA’s perspective, it is a loss as we invest immeasurable amounts which include premium time, finance, technical, high performance coaching followed by development tours and providing general player welfare over a long period of time,” Lorgat said.

“By way of example, Rilee has spent a lengthy period on the injury list while we spared no expense in providing him with the best medical support.

“Both Rilee and Kyle have been given opportunities over the past year to play at the highest level and were firmly in our plans for the future.

“We will continue to invest heavily in our local talent and provide opportunities for those individuals who wish to realise their dream of playing for their country. We will not contract players who do not commit to play for South Africa,” concluded Lorgat.