Duanne Olivier quits international career signing Kolpak deal
Duanne Olivier, the Proteas pace spearhead, after marking an impressive show in Test cricket for the country, decided to quit international cricket signing a Kolpak deal.
At the age of just 26 years, Olivier shocked South African cricket fraternity making a three year Kolpak deal with Yorkshire County Club leaving a promising career for the country. He is one of the most potent pacers in the international circuit, having claimed 31 wickets in five Tests since being recalled by South Africa in last December.
“I came over to the UK last year and thoroughly enjoyed my time playing county cricket,” Olivier told Yorkshire’s website.
“I have since realised I could happily base myself there for the foreseeable future,” he thus added.
The Proteas cricket authorities found it extremely frustrating losing potential stars. In a statement, CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe said,
“We find it extremely disappointing that Duanne has taken this step after all the opportunities we have given him, particularly over the past season and going forward, to live his dream of being an international cricketer.”
“He was upgraded to a national contract during the current season on the strength of his outstanding performances in our Test squad and we offered him a two-year contract which would have given him financial security through to the end of the 2020-2021 season,” CSA chief said.
Olivier lifted himself among top 20 bowlers in the ICC Test ranking with an overall tally of 48 wickets in 10 Tests.
2 – Duanne Olivier has taken 48 Test wickets at an average of just 19.3 since the start of 2017; only one bowler (Mohammad Abbas, 18.9) has a better rate in that time (20+ wickets). Signature. pic.twitter.com/K0ElOF7mZG
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) February 26, 2019
Explaining his terms behind the decision, Olivier said, “I was originally looking to come back as an overseas player but when I got a long-term offer from Yorkshire as a Kolpak I knew that signing for the club would be the best option for both myself and my family. I am a bowler that wants to keep pushing myself to see how far I can go and as I enter my prime I want to be in the best possible situation to grow. Another big reason was the longevity of my career.”
This is not the first time, South Africa lost star international performers against Kolpak deal. Two years ago, Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw both joined Hampshire sacrificing career with the Proteas team to accept a county deal.