England news March 5, 2010

Vaughan frustrated with South African influx

Cricinfo staff

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, believes South Africa-born players should not be allowed to play for England. Vaughan was critical of the number of players being imported "for many, many years" and said he had "a bit of a problem" with South Africans changing nationalities to further their sporting careers.

"It's a very tricky one. Someone like Kevin Pietersen made the decision very early to come over to England and he learnt a lot of his cricket here," said Vaughan in comments reported in the Independent. "[But] I do have a problem when the likes of Jonathan Trott [play for England], and [Craig] Kieswetter, who's played for the South African Under-19s. I think in Trott's case even played for the South African A team. Now that is where I have a problem, that we have almost got a 'ship-in' system of looking at talent, and a lot of them come over for the money.

"It's very, very difficult to stop them. I would like to see, in an ideal world, 11 complete Englishmen in the team but I don't think that's ever going to be the case."

Kieswetter's rapid promotion to the England one-day side has again thrown the spotlight on the number of South Africans in the set-up and, despite suggestions from national selector Geoff Miller that it is an issue they are watching, he is unlikely to be the last.

"It's something that I'm going to have to put up with for my whole career, but I was born with a British passport, I've done my four years, I am British, and I don't see it as an issue," said Kieswetter after he scored 107 in the final ODI against Bangladesh. "Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but for me it's about putting performances in on the park and helping England win."

In his autobiography, Time to Declare, Vaughan had accused the Cape Town-born Trott of celebrating with South Africa's players after England lost at Edgbaston in 2008.

Ian Botham, however, said he was fine with the number of imports. "These guys have made their home here to play for England and I don't have a problem with that. The biggest problem for me in England is Kolpak, and that's down to European law. What the Europeans have got to do with it, I don't know. They don't like cricket."

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  • Matt on March 12, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    English players in the England team what a crazy idea.Vaughany is a legend.

  • Joel on March 10, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    I believe Michael Vaughan is a racist racist.

  • vignesh on March 9, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    yes of course u can see 11 English players in the field , for the U.S team of course.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahaha..........!!!!!!!!!!!

  • david on March 8, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    i think in all the mentioned cricketers cases the one abiding thing is they have either, a mother or father or both, who were born in the uk. in any sport if a parent is from that country then they are enigible within the rules of that govening body. unlike in the 80s were kepler wessels decided he was australian and the australian cricket board were in agreement. in stronghold rugby union/league countries namely new zealand and australia the number of southsea islanders who become named in their teams after what seems months of living there. so if a guy whatever reason whats to live and play sports in the uk and wants to wait the 4/5 years that it takes good luck to them. dpk

  • kas on March 8, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Sorry guys, I just read this article and some of your comments just now. I really think that south africa don't actually need trott or keiswetter because they have plenty of talents already. But however, I'm not convinced that England don't have any home bred talents, surely there must be talents waiting to be discovered somewhere out there, maybe even in London? If you think about it, the Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan was a football fanatic and he use to eat, sleep and drink football day in day out. After abit of cricket introduction to him in his teenage, he is now a cricketer. World no1 ODI allrounder and world no3 ODI bowler and can also bat very well. So what I'm trying to say is that there has to be a natural talent out there just waiting to be discovered in England and with abit of tweek in techniques like Shakib, you'll have talent machine. Just wish there were more like shakib in the Bengali squad.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Dont you guys understand that the reason Vaughan is so upset is because these players only reason for going to England and playing for them is for money???

    Do you not see that it is the issue here?

    A team like Ireland has now been destroyed because of this. They couldnt afford to lose who they lost.

  • ranganathan on March 7, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    I am surprised to read the comments of Vaughn's in this article. The answer will be to restrict the number of such outside the country players at any time for any format.

  • lucy on March 6, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Tired of people counting Strauss as South African in this argument. He came to England when he was a snotty little six year old thumbsucker. Criticize the others all you want, but leave Strauss out of it. Despite his regular displays of competence, Lord Brocket is still English. If you disagree, go ask his (English) mum.

  • Raymond on March 6, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    I agree with MV. However, I bet MV believes that the likes of Trott, Kiesw..deserve to play for England ahead of "real Engilshmen" like Carberry and Bopara.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    As much as I didn't like Vaughan as a play you've got to respect his views on this. How can they call it England when possibly 5 out of the 11 are south African born? with a batting line up of Strauss, Kieswetter,Trott, Pietersen and Prior, all South African by birth what happens to the young english guys? As I've said elsewhere, sorry you're English, you can't be included

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