Champions Trophy 2013 May 3, 2013

Kallis' decision 'short-term' one, says manager

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Jacques Kallis' decision to skip next month's Champions Trophy for "personal reasons" was a short-term one and he still aspired to play Tests and ODIs for South Africa, his manager Dave Rundle has said. Rundle's statement is a bid to clear the air on Kallis' decision, which was explained only in brief in the official team announcement on Thursday.

"Jacques feels he needs some time out (of the game) ... in that time, we are planning the next two years," Rundle said to Sport24.com. "He still wants to continue playing for the Proteas, especially in Tests, and his dream at the moment to go to the World Cup is still there. The decision taken now has no effect on his ongoing commitments to South Africa - this is short-term, and should be viewed as such."

Kallis last played an ODI for South Africa in February last year and had made himself unavailable for selection citing personal reasons. In his column in the Times of India, Kallis, who is playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, said he needed time to plan and organise to play his best cricket.

"At my age and stage of career, there are many things to consider outside the game and off the field, and I need to plan and be organised in order to play my best cricket," Kallis wrote. "I simply cannot go through the motions or take up a place in a squad unless it has my full attention. So it would have been unfair of me to accept a place in the Proteas squad for the Champions Trophy next month. I certainly have not given up my ambition of playing in the 2015 World Cup but, right now, my priority is to finish strongly for KKR and then take some time to reconsider my priorities and consolidate."

South Africa's selection convenor Andrew Hudson said the decision was taken at Kallis' request. "It was at Jacques' request and we are respectful of that," Hudson said.

Coach Gary Kirsten said that while Kallis' absence was a big loss, the team was capable of coping. "He's a big player but this team has progressed to a level where we feel comfortable with whoever we pick," Kirsten said. "Obviously, he is two players in one so it does affect our combinations but that's the way it is. He's been a great player and ambassador for this country. If he feels personally he is not up for the tournament we have to respect that."

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  • on May 9, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    What would happen if one of the youngsters has a brilliant run in the tournament and the only place is Kallis's spot? what would happen, does the player lose his spot to kallis or does kallis lose his spot?

    I would also probably have taken the IPL over this tournament but any player that plays well should equally take Kallis's spot.

    Then again I doubt anyone would be able to take Kallis's spot.

    Kallis is too good, we just have to live with his demands.

  • Marktc on May 8, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    As a test player Kallis has an average of 56 odd..the highest average out of the top four, and he should end up second to Tendulkar at the end of his career. That is tests. In ODIs he lies fourth, with an average of 45 odd, the highest of the top 5. His strike rate stands around 73, which has improved of late. So these figures show his value as a batsman. But he is also a very handy bowler to have around. With his abilities and experience, we cannot pretend he will not be missed. Having said this though, I do not agree with just picking him on the stats. Like JP Duminy, pick playrs on current form. If they do not play ODI's , how can they be judged in terms of form? In other words, if you don't play ODI's how can yu be selected to play them if your form cannot be judged?

  • The_impartialobserver on May 7, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    @Greatest_Game....I don't quite agree with you in landl47 's criticism. He's right when he says Kallis may not be around in 2015 and when Gary said that the team has progressed to a level that they can cope with Kallis not playing is a positive comment. It just means that SA have a plan and have found people who could do a part of the job that Kallis does. and I have never liked players who choose lucrative domestic tournaments over international matches. You gave Sachin's and Ponting's example. May I remind you..Ponting has retired from international cricket and Sachin from ODI's. Still I never liked Sachin playing in IPL and not going to West Indies after 2011 WC.

    If Kallis needed rest..6 weeks of IPL could have been skipped. Or is he raking in as much as he can before the end??

    What I don't agree with landl47 is that Kallis may drag along for milestones. Kallis is much better than that. I am sure unlike Sachin, Kallis would retire when he feels he's not on top of his game.

  • on May 6, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Do any of you speculators know for sure why he is unavailable. He may have personal reasons or ethics for his decision. It's always people from other contries who wants to say the most of things they know zero about. Let the man be, it's his decision. Maybe he wants to be with his family during that time or maybe planning to get married.

  • on May 5, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    I don't believe that any player, now matter how good he is, should be allowed to pick and choose his tournaments. Pick the format you want to play, sure, but not which matches or tournaments. There's no disputing that Kallis is an all time great, but he should choose which format he will play until he retires so that the SA team can plan properly for the future.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on May 5, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Kallis, the greatest cricketer to ever live.

  • MaruthuDelft on May 4, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    The most amazing thing about Kallis is his bowling. If he is thrown in with Steyn, McGrath, Akram, Ambrose, Marshal, Hadlee and Lillee for a 4 over competition against top batsmen like Richards, Lara and Gooch (I have not included Tendulkar because he is not good enough in pulls and hooks, Greg Chappel is a slow starter, Martin Crow was slow in the century he made against WI and Ponting for all the accolades was not really a top notch) Kallis would stand his ground. Kallis is a sleepy batsman soared to heigh levels because of run accumulation but as a bowler he is really high class.

  • gibbs.175 on May 4, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    HI SA fans ...i m southafrican cricket fan since 1992 ....Im an indian (now in USA) can some one tell me from SOUTH AFRICA what is actual reason behind this ...why did kallis do this...? thanks

  • on May 4, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Kallis will be missed 4 sure but Proteas need 2 plan ahead WITHOUT Kallis. What shocks me is to continue selecting Graeme Smith 4 the ODI's. Hey Selectors, he is past his prime & a poor fielder in the outfield!

  • Greatest_Game on May 4, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    A cricket career is finite - the bell tolls for all. Some hear it's first peals & soon depart. Others struggle on, deaf to it's strident tones, their legacy not glory, but bitter surrender.

    In the pantheon of cricket greats, two men stand apart - Garry Sobers and Jacques Kallis. Not the greatest batsmen, bowlers, or fielders: simply the game's greatest players.

    Kallis has played 508 games for SA, his service spanning almost 2 decades. Of his many records, none speak so eloquently as his unsurpassed test record of 23 Player of the Match awards, and 9 Player of the Series Awards.

    In the 1st Champions Trophy, in 3 games he scored an undefeated century, the 2nd most runs @ the 3rd highest ave, took the most wickets @ ave 14, SR 16.1, had best match bowling figs of 5 for 30, was twice Player of the Match & Player of the Series.

    Critics questioning his withdrawal from the Champions Trophy stand not where he does, & no bells toll for them. He has climbed that mountain. Let him be.

  • on May 9, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    What would happen if one of the youngsters has a brilliant run in the tournament and the only place is Kallis's spot? what would happen, does the player lose his spot to kallis or does kallis lose his spot?

    I would also probably have taken the IPL over this tournament but any player that plays well should equally take Kallis's spot.

    Then again I doubt anyone would be able to take Kallis's spot.

    Kallis is too good, we just have to live with his demands.

  • Marktc on May 8, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    As a test player Kallis has an average of 56 odd..the highest average out of the top four, and he should end up second to Tendulkar at the end of his career. That is tests. In ODIs he lies fourth, with an average of 45 odd, the highest of the top 5. His strike rate stands around 73, which has improved of late. So these figures show his value as a batsman. But he is also a very handy bowler to have around. With his abilities and experience, we cannot pretend he will not be missed. Having said this though, I do not agree with just picking him on the stats. Like JP Duminy, pick playrs on current form. If they do not play ODI's , how can they be judged in terms of form? In other words, if you don't play ODI's how can yu be selected to play them if your form cannot be judged?

  • The_impartialobserver on May 7, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    @Greatest_Game....I don't quite agree with you in landl47 's criticism. He's right when he says Kallis may not be around in 2015 and when Gary said that the team has progressed to a level that they can cope with Kallis not playing is a positive comment. It just means that SA have a plan and have found people who could do a part of the job that Kallis does. and I have never liked players who choose lucrative domestic tournaments over international matches. You gave Sachin's and Ponting's example. May I remind you..Ponting has retired from international cricket and Sachin from ODI's. Still I never liked Sachin playing in IPL and not going to West Indies after 2011 WC.

    If Kallis needed rest..6 weeks of IPL could have been skipped. Or is he raking in as much as he can before the end??

    What I don't agree with landl47 is that Kallis may drag along for milestones. Kallis is much better than that. I am sure unlike Sachin, Kallis would retire when he feels he's not on top of his game.

  • on May 6, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Do any of you speculators know for sure why he is unavailable. He may have personal reasons or ethics for his decision. It's always people from other contries who wants to say the most of things they know zero about. Let the man be, it's his decision. Maybe he wants to be with his family during that time or maybe planning to get married.

  • on May 5, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    I don't believe that any player, now matter how good he is, should be allowed to pick and choose his tournaments. Pick the format you want to play, sure, but not which matches or tournaments. There's no disputing that Kallis is an all time great, but he should choose which format he will play until he retires so that the SA team can plan properly for the future.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on May 5, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Kallis, the greatest cricketer to ever live.

  • MaruthuDelft on May 4, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    The most amazing thing about Kallis is his bowling. If he is thrown in with Steyn, McGrath, Akram, Ambrose, Marshal, Hadlee and Lillee for a 4 over competition against top batsmen like Richards, Lara and Gooch (I have not included Tendulkar because he is not good enough in pulls and hooks, Greg Chappel is a slow starter, Martin Crow was slow in the century he made against WI and Ponting for all the accolades was not really a top notch) Kallis would stand his ground. Kallis is a sleepy batsman soared to heigh levels because of run accumulation but as a bowler he is really high class.

  • gibbs.175 on May 4, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    HI SA fans ...i m southafrican cricket fan since 1992 ....Im an indian (now in USA) can some one tell me from SOUTH AFRICA what is actual reason behind this ...why did kallis do this...? thanks

  • on May 4, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Kallis will be missed 4 sure but Proteas need 2 plan ahead WITHOUT Kallis. What shocks me is to continue selecting Graeme Smith 4 the ODI's. Hey Selectors, he is past his prime & a poor fielder in the outfield!

  • Greatest_Game on May 4, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    A cricket career is finite - the bell tolls for all. Some hear it's first peals & soon depart. Others struggle on, deaf to it's strident tones, their legacy not glory, but bitter surrender.

    In the pantheon of cricket greats, two men stand apart - Garry Sobers and Jacques Kallis. Not the greatest batsmen, bowlers, or fielders: simply the game's greatest players.

    Kallis has played 508 games for SA, his service spanning almost 2 decades. Of his many records, none speak so eloquently as his unsurpassed test record of 23 Player of the Match awards, and 9 Player of the Series Awards.

    In the 1st Champions Trophy, in 3 games he scored an undefeated century, the 2nd most runs @ the 3rd highest ave, took the most wickets @ ave 14, SR 16.1, had best match bowling figs of 5 for 30, was twice Player of the Match & Player of the Series.

    Critics questioning his withdrawal from the Champions Trophy stand not where he does, & no bells toll for them. He has climbed that mountain. Let him be.

  • venkatesh018 on May 4, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Nice to know Kallis wants to play only the "valued" tournaments like Tests and World Cup. Champions Trophy is down the pecking order and rightly so. He is one of the modern greats who has got his priorities absolutely right.

  • gibbs.175 on May 4, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    KAllis .....please come back ,without you SA team can not win Icc championship ...so please think again and come in the Odi squad .......and. Mr. Hudson ,give a call to Q.D.Kock....

  • Greatest_Game on May 4, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    @ landl47. Undoubtedly, Kirsten & the SA selectors will ignore your so-called "suggestions." You are reading too much into this, & NOT between the lines. Kirsten spoke of "big loss, big player, great player, two players in one, we have to respect that..." - nothing but admiration & respect.

    Kallis has represented SA 508 times - the equivilant of 1016 games as a specialist batsman or bowler. Put in perspective, that's a little under the combined "representative careers" of Cook, Anderson, Pietersen, Swann & Broad - Eng's current most capped players, or Clarke, Haddin, Johnson, Siddle, Warner, Wade, Hilfenhaus.

    SA are carrying no millstone - they are gutted Kallis can't play. He takes wickets & makes centuries, unlike Ponting & Tendulkar - both playing in the IPL but not the Champions trophy!

    Kallis knows when to quit - HE JUST QUIT THIS TOURNAMENT! Is that not obvious, or do you just have an axe to grind? Do I smell the very sour grapes of the recently defeated?

  • on May 4, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    People are getting emotional because it's Kallis. However if you really think about it, it's no different to what Pietersen did to England like last year. He'd rather play IPL for KKR and then take a break from cricket during an ICC event. What if SA win this tournament and he isn't fit for the world cup? He'll be missing out on silverware and now look at it from different angle, what if his replacement is the weakest point of the team and SA lose out at a crucial point in the tournament?

    It's greed plain and simple, he could have if he wanted to played during the Pakistan series taken a break from the IPL and comeback fresh for the Champions trophy.

  • landl47 on May 4, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    Kallis is 37 now and will be 39 by the time of the next World Cup. I suggest SA start planning now for the fact that he won't be good enough to make the side in 2015. In fact, reading between the lines in what Gary Kirsten says, I think they're already doing just that.

    SA doesn't want to be carrying around another Tendulkar-type millstone, a great player who doesn't know when to quit. If Kallis wants to play IPL and take a break from representative cricket, maybe the break should be a permanent one.'

  • Robster1 on May 4, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Please not let quotas have decided this great cricketers selection. But Phangiso instead ?!?

  • hst84 on May 3, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    @ mark frayne: You're talking about Kallis bud, this ain't a mediocre, low graded player who can recklessly and willfully talk about making money instead of playing for his country. You haven't read the whole article clearly, the quoted words speaks of Kallis as a player, as a team player and as someone who is not willing to share a place in the squad and take someone out who is working hard on his game and fit himself in as he played an ODI last year. Experience is a different thing altogether and being regular in a squad is different. Kallis speaks like this cause he knows the difference between them.

  • Jaffa79 on May 3, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Kallis can call his own shots; the longer he plays, the better for SA. As an England fan, I like him to retire! Possibly the most underrated player of all time. Never mentioned in the same breath as players that he averages more than (and that isn't including his bowling).

  • on May 3, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Interesting quotes from Kallis. Basically, he is putting playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL ahead of playing for his country in an ICC event. If this was a prominent West Indian or Sri Lankan putting lucrative T20 franchise tournaments ahead of a world tournament then I certainly think that there would be more negative headlines than those that have been created by this decision. It's a shame for Kallis as there are no guarantees that he will be fit and in form for the 2015 World Cup and you'd think that given how unsuccessful South Africa have been in recent international tournaments that he would want to give himself every opportunity to finish with another trophy in the colours of this country. This decision just shows that it's not the smaller, weaker less financially sound cricket boards that are having trouble getting their players to play for their countries instead of prioritising money-spinning T20 cricket.

  • on May 3, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Sometimes things happen and somethings are forced to happen. The day before SA team included Kallis but not Phangiso. Next day includes Phangiso but not Kallis. It is well known that South Africa has political considerations to take into account, was this one of them. just wondering???

  • GermanPlayer on May 3, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    SA pleaaase go with 5 bowlers. No fillers like Faf, Behardein please. Look at our history. We have always lost games when other teams have charged on us and put us under pressure in important games. If we don't have 5 bowlers and the otehr teams targets even 1 of our regular bowlers successfully, it's game over.

  • ShanO111 on May 3, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    This is not good for cricket on the whole. I don't see how Kallis will play in WC 2015 if he not play in the major events like Champions Trophy. He is been away from ODI Cricket for more than an year and has no intention to come back, so how would he expect himself to be selected in the squad in coming years when the squad will be settled, how would he be drafted in, wouldn't that be unfair to the young players. I think they themselves will be happier to see King Kallis in the squad and of course i would also bet anything to see him play in any format. But in the end i would much rather him playing in the Tests for as long as he want............

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    There goes the 7 batsmen idea. Cant see the likes of Faf/Duminy/Behardien filling up the fifth bowler quota esp given Dum's lack of match practice. Best we focus on 5 bowlers that can clean up methinks.

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Well pretty much the conflict of interest between national duty and personal wealth. This is what This IPL and other cash-rich leagues have done. Players getting retired early to get themselves available for all leagues. South Africa has been focusing on Champions trophy for quite a while and this should be a setback for the team and management. However this decision should relax other teams in the same pool i.e Pakistan, India & Westindies

  • mthi4life on May 3, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    King Kallis has earned the right to rest and manage is career in a way that will prolong his participation and earning potential.I hope he will be fit for the World Cup 2015.You will be missed in the Champions Trophy.

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  • mthi4life on May 3, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    King Kallis has earned the right to rest and manage is career in a way that will prolong his participation and earning potential.I hope he will be fit for the World Cup 2015.You will be missed in the Champions Trophy.

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Well pretty much the conflict of interest between national duty and personal wealth. This is what This IPL and other cash-rich leagues have done. Players getting retired early to get themselves available for all leagues. South Africa has been focusing on Champions trophy for quite a while and this should be a setback for the team and management. However this decision should relax other teams in the same pool i.e Pakistan, India & Westindies

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    There goes the 7 batsmen idea. Cant see the likes of Faf/Duminy/Behardien filling up the fifth bowler quota esp given Dum's lack of match practice. Best we focus on 5 bowlers that can clean up methinks.

  • ShanO111 on May 3, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    This is not good for cricket on the whole. I don't see how Kallis will play in WC 2015 if he not play in the major events like Champions Trophy. He is been away from ODI Cricket for more than an year and has no intention to come back, so how would he expect himself to be selected in the squad in coming years when the squad will be settled, how would he be drafted in, wouldn't that be unfair to the young players. I think they themselves will be happier to see King Kallis in the squad and of course i would also bet anything to see him play in any format. But in the end i would much rather him playing in the Tests for as long as he want............

  • GermanPlayer on May 3, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    SA pleaaase go with 5 bowlers. No fillers like Faf, Behardein please. Look at our history. We have always lost games when other teams have charged on us and put us under pressure in important games. If we don't have 5 bowlers and the otehr teams targets even 1 of our regular bowlers successfully, it's game over.

  • on May 3, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Sometimes things happen and somethings are forced to happen. The day before SA team included Kallis but not Phangiso. Next day includes Phangiso but not Kallis. It is well known that South Africa has political considerations to take into account, was this one of them. just wondering???

  • on May 3, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Interesting quotes from Kallis. Basically, he is putting playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL ahead of playing for his country in an ICC event. If this was a prominent West Indian or Sri Lankan putting lucrative T20 franchise tournaments ahead of a world tournament then I certainly think that there would be more negative headlines than those that have been created by this decision. It's a shame for Kallis as there are no guarantees that he will be fit and in form for the 2015 World Cup and you'd think that given how unsuccessful South Africa have been in recent international tournaments that he would want to give himself every opportunity to finish with another trophy in the colours of this country. This decision just shows that it's not the smaller, weaker less financially sound cricket boards that are having trouble getting their players to play for their countries instead of prioritising money-spinning T20 cricket.

  • Jaffa79 on May 3, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Kallis can call his own shots; the longer he plays, the better for SA. As an England fan, I like him to retire! Possibly the most underrated player of all time. Never mentioned in the same breath as players that he averages more than (and that isn't including his bowling).

  • hst84 on May 3, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    @ mark frayne: You're talking about Kallis bud, this ain't a mediocre, low graded player who can recklessly and willfully talk about making money instead of playing for his country. You haven't read the whole article clearly, the quoted words speaks of Kallis as a player, as a team player and as someone who is not willing to share a place in the squad and take someone out who is working hard on his game and fit himself in as he played an ODI last year. Experience is a different thing altogether and being regular in a squad is different. Kallis speaks like this cause he knows the difference between them.

  • Robster1 on May 4, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Please not let quotas have decided this great cricketers selection. But Phangiso instead ?!?