Brexit will benefit South African cricket: Faf du Plessis
RANCHI: The final Test of the series here has been particularly depressing for South Africa as they went down in three days and two overs in spite of losing almost fifty overs of play due to inclement weather. To understand that misery, you have to listen to what Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has to say about Brexit.
"Brexit will be one thing that will obviously stop the Kolpak players. So yes, that would benefit SA cricket in tremendous amounts," he said, asked what is needed to rebuild this team. South African cricket has bled due to the Kolpak deal with some of their best talent moving to England in the last few years. Coupled with Cricket South Africa's rule that only five white players can be chosen for the first eleven, Du Plessis' team is often believed to have missed out on picking best available cricketers.
The veteran also said it was lack of foresight and planning that has led South African cricket to today's condition.
"What this (3-0 defeat) has showed us is that our structures are not where they need to be. The gap between domestic cricket and international cricket needs to be narrowed. Also, three or four years ago, if someone had the vision of saying, 'in three or four years a lot of 34, 35, 36-year-olds will retire, so we have to make sure we get ourselves ready for that time', that would have been good. Perhaps we're guilty of not planning for the time these guys were to go at the same time. Because if you look over the last year and a half, we've lost four or five Test players. Now you've got to replace not one but four or five of your best players."
Du Plessis also admitted that the Indian pacers have outclassed his pacers. "I thought the Indian seamers showed the South African fast bowling attack how to bowl," he commented. "The pace they bowled at, the consistency, the skill that they showed. There's a lesson for us in that."