Albie Morkel
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Albie Morkel confident of South African players to return from Kolpak

In recent years, South African cricket has been severely hit with the migration of their main players to the United Kingdom with the signing of Kolpak Deal.

The likes of Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw, Colin Ingram, and David Wiese have penned down on the deal, which has left an enormous void in South Africa’s domestic system.


In the presence of reservation policies in the national selection based on colour, many cricketers find it financially viable to make a move north in search of greener pastures.

Both the Morkel brothers, Albie and Morne, signed the deal to play county cricket during the twilight stages of the career.


However, Albie believes that the Brexit of the UK from the European Union would mean a fall through for Kolpak Deal.

“Well, I think, England went the Brexit route so Kolpak will fall away. So most of the SA guys have one more season in England, I think. They can’t qualify lest they sign as an overseas player. I think we will get a few guys back into our system,” Morkel told Sportstar.

The explosive batting all-rounder reckoned that the core of pace battery had been hampered with the retirement of his brother Morne, Dale Steyn, and Vernon Philander.


But, Morkel also believes that the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi to cover up for the huge void left by Steyn.

“The core head of the bowling department is gone with Dale Steyn [retired from Tests], Morne and Vernon Philander. Kagiso Rabada has shown that he is capable of filling their boots, so is Lungi Ngidi, but the only concern will be their fitness,” added the 38-year old.

Amongst the young Turks within the South African pace system, Morkel found Anrich Nortje as an exciting prospect.


“The body needs to get used to a lot of bowling. They are all good new-ball bowlers. Anrich Nortje is a young exciting prospect,” concluded Morkel.

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