Protean all-rounder Wayne Parnell has signed a has signed a new three-year contract with Worcestershire that could signal the end of the 29-year-old all-rounder's Proteas career.
Parnell has not played for South Africa in nearly a year and was sidelined with injury in December.
In a conversation with ESPN Cricinfo, Parnell opened up on the reason why he took this season. "This is probably the toughest decision I've had to make in my career,"
"It's a very difficult decision and I am fully aware and understand the pros and cons of it."
"I am still young and I have plenty to offer to any environment that I'm in. I've loved every time I've put on the South African jersey and I'm almost certain that nothing can replace that feeling, certainly on the cricket field."
He added: "The reality of life is that that goals and aspirations change all the time and it seems the Proteas have moved past me since I've not really had any communications since I had my injury. Not going to India for the 'A' tours was also another indication."
"But I'm happy with that and I am comfortable with where I'm at and what I'm doing. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Worcestershire since joining up with them and I'm excited about my future with them."
Left-arm paceman Parnell played six Tests between 2010 and 2017, with best bowling figures of four for 51 against Sri Lanka. He also appeared in 65 one-day and 40 T20 international.
Parnell followed a couple of his Protean teammates who took the Kolpak way over national commitments. Several South African players have given up their international careers for the security of what are often more lucrative county deals, with fast bowler Kyle Abbott and batsman Rilee Rossouw both now at Hampshire.
(Inputs from First Cricket)