Kolpak

A 2003 European Union ruling on the right of a Slovakian handball player to play in Germany has had a massive impact on English county cricket. It created an opening for players from countries with trade agreements with the EU (in effect South Africa, Zimbabwe and some Caribbean countries) to bypass the limits on overseas players and sign for counties. A trickle became a flood, and by 2008 there were more than 60 Kolpak cricketers in England, causing debate and acrimony between counties with arguments that their presence weakened English cricket. Click here for a more in-depth explanation.

Kyle Abbott picked up the key wickets of Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva

South Africa news

South African cricket review highlights player loss

At a time when the loss of South African players to Kolpak deals has returned to the spotlight, a review into the state of the game in the country has picked out retaining talent as one of the key areas that needs to be addressed

Switch Hit

Kolpak-alypse now?

Andrew McGlashan is joined by Mark Butcher and Alan Gardner to discuss the latest Kolpak ramifications for South African cricket and England's one-day tour of India

Kyle Abbott picked up the key wickets of Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva

County news

Wiese joins Sussex on three-year Kolpak deal

Sussex have confirmed the signing of South Africa allrounder David Wiese on a three-year Kolpak deal as he becomes the latest player to end his international career

Kyle Abbott picked up the key wickets of Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva

County news

Wiese in line for Sussex Kolpak move

David Wiese, the South Africa allrounder, is the latest player in line for a Kolpak deal with him nearing a move to Sussex.

Kyle Abbott picked up the key wickets of Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva

The Kolpak Issue

Who could be next in South Africa's talent drain?

Cricket South Africa have been asked by Test captain Faf du Plessis to be more vigilant about their players' concerns to prevent more Kolpak departures. ESPNcricinfo lists some of the players who may be most tempted to join the talent drain

Kyle Abbott picked up the key wickets of Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 4th day

How Kyle Abbott walked away from South Africa

The fast bowler's departure from South Africa's Test team came as a shock, but the seeds of his discontent had been sown several months earlier

Kyle Abbott picked up the key wickets of Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva

South African cricket

Kyle Abbott's long wait for 11 Tests

The South Africa fast bowler ended his international career at the age of 29, having played only 11 Tests, by signing a Kolpak deal with Hampshire

Kyle Abbott picked up the key wickets of Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva

The Kolpak rule explained

A primer on the ruling that allows Kyle Abbott to choose English county cricket ahead of playing for South Africa