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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.
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Feb 14, 2012

South Africa rethink 'no sin' - Petersen

News: Alviro Petersen, South Africa's Test opening batsman, has defended his decision to turn his back on Glamorgan and has said it is "no sin" to want to play for South Africa.

Firdose Moonda

Nov 13, 2009

Craig Kieswetter reiterates England desire

News: Craig Kieswetter, the Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman, has reiterated his commitment to qualifying for England after Graeme Smith said he wanted to bring him back to his native South Africa

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jun 11, 2008

Glamorgan's Kolpak-free future?

Opinion: Ivo Tennant looks at the Kolpak question, one that Glamorgan in particular is seeking to answer

Ivo Tennant

Jun 7, 2008

Countries win out over cash?

News: If there's a clash in loyalty when the Champions League takes place, it has been agreed that IPL players will represent the domestic teams of their home countries

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jun 6, 2008

Vaughan joins in as Kolpak debate rages

News: The row over the number of Kolpak players in English cricket rumbles on

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jun 2, 2008

Giles slams 'serious' Kolpak situation

News: Ashley Giles has slammed counties who increasingly lean on Kolpak signings to boost their squads

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 30, 2008

Kolpak review on the cards

News: The ECB is close to securing a concession from the European Union which could enable it to place restrictions on the number of Kolpak players

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 21, 2008

Spongers or smart operators?

Christopher Martin-Jenkins: Leicestershire's avowed strategy is to build a core group of senior overseas pros as mentors for young English talent

Christopher Martin-Jenkins

May 21, 2008

Andre Adams joins Notts as Kolpak player

News: Andre Adams, the former New Zealand allrounder, has signed a two-year deal with Nottinghamshire as a Kolpak player

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 20, 2008

Derbyshire secure Hinds on Kolpak deal

News: Derbyshire have successfully signed Wavell Hinds as a Kolpak player after taking advantage of the ECB's weakening position towards trying to refuse registration

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 7, 2008

The overseas invasion

Christopher Martin-Jenkins: The idea of foreign players in county cricket is not intrinsically bad, but surely there have to be limits to the influx

Christopher Martin-Jenkins

May 7, 2008

Leicestershire push young England players

News: With a number of counties under attack for packing their sides with Kolpak players, David Smith, the Leicestershire chairman, has hit back

ESPNcricinfo staff

Apr 26, 2008

Langeveldt joins Derbyshire in Kolpak deal

News: Derbyshire have signed Charl Langeveldt, the South African fast bowler, on a two-year Kolpak contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

Apr 10, 2008

Gillespie, Bond and Marshall cleared for season

News: Shane Bond, Jason Gillespie and Hamish Marshall are among a raft of overseas players who been given clearance by the ECB to play in county cricket this season, ending weeks of speculation over whether they would be permitted to join after playing in the u

ESPNcricinfo staff

Apr 9, 2008

ECB faces legal action over player ban

News: It is reported that as many as eight players are ready to resort to legal action against the ECB

ESPNcricinfo staff

Apr 8, 2008

Derbyshire sign Telo on a Kolpak

News: Twenty-two year old South African batsman Dominic Telo has signed a two-year Kolpak contract with Derbyshire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mar 10, 2008

Derbyshire prepare to lose Hinds

News: Derbyshire are bracing themselves for the loss of Wavell Hinds after he took his place in the latest Indian Cricket League event.

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mar 10, 2008

Leicestershire defend Kolpak signings

News: Leicestershire have defended their use of Kolpak players and insist they won't mean that young English cricketers will be kept out of the first team

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 23, 2008

Leicestershire chairman attacks county inequality

News: The chairman of Leicestershire, Neil Davidson, has hit out at the financial inequality affecting the future of English county cricket after compiling a damning report which highlights the massive divide within the game

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nov 29, 2007

Lancashire sign du Plessis for 2008

News: Lancashire have signed 23-year-old South African batsman Francois du Plessis on a six-month contract from April 2008

ESPNcricinfo staff
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