• Steyn: I do not want to consider Kolpak

    Fast bowler Dale Steyn isn’t thinking about following former Proteas cricketers Duanne Olivier, Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw and others by signing a Kolpak contract.

    Olivier, Abbott and Rossouw are recent examples of South African players who ended flourishing international careers in exchange for English county contracts.

    Olivier has joined Yorkshire, while Abbott and Rossouw are with Hampshire – and there are several others such as Glamorgan’s Colin Ingram, Sussex’s Stiaan van Zyl and Essex’s Simon Harmer.

    ‘I think it is each person to themselves. I personally do not want to consider it. I know it is a concern for Cricket South Africa and a very difficult one to stop. Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening,’ Steyn told ANI.

    Steyn is vying for a berth in the Proteas’ squad for the World Cup in the United Kingdom later this year – and recently played a starring role for the Titans across the semi-final and final of a title-winning One-Day Cup campaign.

    ‘I am a competitive person by nature and maybe I was just born to do what I do. I would obviously love to win the World Cup for my country. I am expecting normal English conditions for the World Cup, but these conditions may vary according to the weather during the tournament,’ he added.

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