Fast bowler Duanne Olivier has turned down a two-year national team contract with South Africa to sign a deal with Yorkshire that will most likely put an end to his international career just as it was starting to blossom.
The 26-year-old will play for Yorkshire for the next three seasons on a Kolpak deal, which allows South Africans to be registered as locally based players in Britain but also prevents them from playing for their home country.
Kolpak refers to a European Court of Justice ruling allowing some non-European Union players to play in the EU. Such deals will most likely not be possible in cricket after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.
Olivier’s move has angered Cricket South Africa (CSA), as he was the star performer for his country in their 3-0 home test series whitewash of Pakistan earlier in the season and has 48 wickets in 10 tests at an average of 19.25, putting him 19th on the International Cricket Council’s test bowler rankings.
He was also recently added to the country’s One-Day International squad that puts him in line for World Cup selection.