32 comments
Masia Masia
Masia Masia

Lol.... Benny maccarthy, pieneer, fortune etc... All left their country for greener pastures. They weren't available for selection in African qualifying games. I think these players have made good decisions they are in their twilight Years and with quotas system in place, their prospect of playing for South Africa in a long term basis are slim hence this move is a good investment. Remember they have family to feed

Sihle Noah Mchunu
Sihle Noah Mchunu

Playing for your Country is n Honor. With his remaining years has a lot to offer International Cricket. Abbot was Just Stupid for not cancelling the Contract. Rilee Rossouw is the Worse. He got an almost career ending shoulder injury n CSA was with him throughout. This thing of Leaving your Country of Birth for Better wages is still a White Privilege in SA. Most Black players can't afford to exile a country to be eligible for selection ithere. Not because of lack of Talent but because they are greatful to even play in our own Domestic league because they have a chance now. This is just people showing they are better than a Country. Patriotism is not Bought by flippin Big Contracts

Geeva Vic
Geeva Vic

How many bafana players retired so they didn't have to play international used the national team to get into europe

Geeva Vic
Geeva Vic

Lol I guess u haven't been watching soccer lots of black players go to Europe!!!!!!

Mark Newman
Mark Newman

Please read the articles He is playing county cricket in England

Hennie Jansen Van Rensburg
Hennie Jansen Van Rensburg

I just wonder that if Dale was not injured with Vern playing well , Morne being fit and Radaba being in the form he is in now he would have been the 5th bowler although he is an awesome player. Now with injuries it amplified his situation but it may have gone unnoticed if the others were match fit. It is just what it is and he made the correct decision for him given the situation i just described. Everyone needs to move on and thank him for his service. This is neither a quota issue nor an issue of him being subordinate. It makes business sense and neither the employer nor the staff member could claim foul as it seems like notice has been served and there was no breach of contract.Claims that the employer invested in the player seems more like an issue of talent management than contractual. I am glad he contributed to our win down under and no one can take that away from him. The Proteas must move on and must think about a proper squad system to retain talent even rotating some players between formats if they are worth it.

Sharon Jefferies
Sharon Jefferies

Would anyone have cared about this last year? Abbott was never that sought after anyway....like so many great South African cricketers he has done his time, and is now moving on. Is it perhaps that the disappointment with Steyn not fit, and Morkel on the retirement slope the reason for this hoohaa? Now if Amla, AB, de Kock etc...was leaving in this manner, I would understand a big worry! \U0001f615

Geeva Vic
Geeva Vic

Football players are leaving to play in Europe and the retire from the national team..its all about the players future after he retires..make the most while he can.

Sameer Hanif
Sameer Hanif

He's stupid. Leaving country to represent other countries. Shows the worth of his poor integrity

Roger Da Camara
Roger Da Camara

He has an ANC slogan Mark Newman you should have known he would play the race card.

Sameer Hanif
Sameer Hanif

Figure of speech. You being racist. Indeed I'm not bright. I'm intelligent

Mark Newman
Mark Newman

You're not too bright either Where did you read he was playing for other countries .?? He is playing County cricket in England

Thabo Leseba
Thabo Leseba

but y even in 2017 we still have ppl like sameer dis country is going nowhere dis guy is so stupid n y he expose himself like dis

Wallace Khabo
Wallace Khabo

Mark Salter, this isn't about a government directive. Had the R/£ exchange rate been favourable, and there was equality in terms of the finances, this wouldn't be happening. You could look at the race issue all day, but in the end we all know it's all about financial security. Nothing wrong there, I'm also doing the 'Kolpak', but let's not give out 'false facts'.

Kurt Elutin
Kurt Elutin

Wallace Khabo I agree, you seem to like racism, I dont..

Wallace Khabo
Wallace Khabo

BBBEE was necessitated by a painful past. Maybe not the best thing to do, but something had to be done.

Kurt Elutin
Kurt Elutin

And the weak rand is a result of 22 years of bbbee...

Geeva Vic
Geeva Vic

This isn't a race thing its about money!!lots of soccer and rugby players retired early to play for their clubs.

Kurt Elutin
Kurt Elutin

Wallace Khabo The past is a convenient excuse, doesnt explain why we have different quotas for coloureds and blacks in SA Sport! Teaching ''born free'' kids racism 22 years on!

Wallace Khabo
Wallace Khabo

Whoever you are Kurt, please focus on your mindset. We're totally different you and I. Thanks.

Sindile Gadu
Sindile Gadu

Tsolekike should have done the same when he was the best keeper and was overlooked for poor keeper in the form of AB.

Kurt Elutin
Kurt Elutin

Quotas will cause a similar exodus in cricket as they did in Rugby, only a matter of time! Merit selections make up the very essence of competitive sport!

Tyron Azevedo
Tyron Azevedo

Abbott is a an example of being in your prime in the wrong era, there was just no way for him to replace Steyn, Vern or Morkel. And then when a talent at the age of 20 (Rabada) surfaces one can not over look that.

Thabo Semana
Thabo Semana

Perfect article you cant guarantee someone a place in the national team

Tyrone Engel
Tyrone Engel

Well written, Mark. Thanks for putting his decision into perspective... this was a decision taken when his place in a starting XI was far from a strong possibility.

Dhirshan Gobind
Dhirshan Gobind

Mbalula, the glory hunter, is very quiet about all this.