Dale Steyn to never consider going down Kolpak route

Players who sign Kolpak deals in England are unavailable for South Africa at the international level.

Steyn has always taken a lot of pride in playing for South Africa | Getty

Fast bowling legend Dale Steyn reassured his commitment to South African cricket and said that he would not consider signing a Kolpak deal with any domestic county championship club in the United Kingdom. 

Duanne Olivier in February retired from international arena and joined a list of many Proteas cricketers doing their trade full time in England by signing up a three-year-long Kolpak deal with Yorkshire. 

But like everyone in Cricket South Africa (CSA), Steyn is hoping that once Brexit comes into effect the rainbow nation will be able to prevent such instances of players leaving their own shores for a financially secured job elsewhere. 

"I think it's each person to themselves," he told ANI. "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, who knows."

Meanwhile, South Africa will be announcing its 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in a few days time, which Steyn is most likely to be named in, especially when he is in form and desperate to clinch that prestigious title for the very first time. 

"I would obviously love to win the World Cup for my country, I am expecting normal English conditions for the World Cup," he added. 

"There are many teams that can win the World Cup. England, Australia, India and more."

South Africa will kickstart its 2019 World Cup campaign against England on May 30 - the opening day of the 10-team marquee ODI event. 


By Kashish Chadha - 04 Apr, 2019

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