South Africa news March 4, 2017

Cook and Phehlukwayo among new South Africa contracts

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Andile Phehlukwayo is one of the newly contracted players © AFP

CSA has added three players to their usual 18-member men's contract list, bringing the total number of new deals to five for the 2017-18 season. Stephen Cook, Keshav Maharaj, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi were all awarded deals with Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw, who both signed Kolpak agreements with Hampshire the only two players from the 2016-17 period not on the list.

In an important development, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada were awarded multi-year contracts, although CSA did not specify the duration of their deals. In the past two-year contracts were the longest awarded but CSA is seeking to give players greater certainty in the aftermath of the Kolpak-exodus which has seen seven recent internationals sign deals.

When Abbott and Rossouw's exit was confirmed in January, CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said his organisation was considering various ways of keeping players in the South African system and longer-term contracts were one option.

There were also no details on the type of contract awarded to AB de Villiers, who has opted out of Test cricket for most of 2017, or that of Dale Steyn, who will be out of action until at least June, as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Both players were on two-year deals last year.

The only other player nursing a injury on the list is Morne Morkel, who has not played for South Africa since June last year but has been included in the Test squad for the upcoming series in New Zealand and is expected to make a comeback.

CSA also award 14 women's contracts and have made one change to their previous list. Batsman Laura Wolvaardt, who is just 17 and became South Africa's youngest international centurion (male or female) when she scored 105 against Ireland in August 2016, was the only new inclusion while Dinesha Devnarain was left out. Sune Luus and Ayabonga Khaka were promoted to the top tier.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • 2nd_Slip on March 6, 2017, 18:31 GMT

    Bar the surprise inclusion of Aaron Phangiso (who shouldn't have got a contract), I don't know what the fuss is about really. Everyone is seemingly forgetting the fact that the guys who signed Kolpaks (Rossouw and Abbott) HAD contracts! They just got greedy and selfish and that means that giving white cricketers contracts will not necessarily prevent them from chasing the pound with Brexit likely to shut the doors n the future. P.S. Stop telling half truths and looking into the quota issue with one eye closed people ;)

  • Brokensaint on March 6, 2017, 11:53 GMT

    cook is the best opening bat in south africa so he deserves his place.

  • HappyDog on March 5, 2017, 20:54 GMT

    @QDZY , you are the one who made the Kolpak insinuation. Cook got his contract because of his performances so far. Sure his technique is not great I agree with you on that but his technique and determination got him centuries against England, Australia and Sri Lanka. Be interested to know who you would want to open the innings............... Ramela who averages under 30 ?

  • Brokensaint on March 4, 2017, 18:20 GMT

    proteafire is obsessed with pretorius pace yet in the local competition's he can push it above 135 kph. it's all about being effective. philander build a career on bowling 125 kph so I don't understand the obsession. phehlukwayo is not much quicker either.

  • Brokensaint on March 4, 2017, 18:18 GMT

    David Wiese is on a kolpak but to be frank it's tough to see him take phehlukwayo morris or pretorius out of tgere positions

  • AltafPatel on March 4, 2017, 18:00 GMT

    Don't know why David Weisse disappeared all of sudden despite promising performance.

  • AltafPatel on March 4, 2017, 17:59 GMT

    Ngidi unfortunate to get injured.

  • AltafPatel on March 4, 2017, 17:55 GMT

    Shamsi should be only in T20. The beefy bowler has no potential for longer format. Instead Maharaj far better than him who can bat as well. Even Phangiso better than him.

  • AltafPatel on March 4, 2017, 17:53 GMT

    @PROTEAFIRE786 Even Klusener was slow-medium but his bowling skills made him wicket taker.

  • true-cricket_lover on March 4, 2017, 17:21 GMT

    @PROTEAFIRE786, don't know where you got that mate about Pretorius being a slow-medium. I have seen him bowling in Ram Slam with fair clicks about 137 KMPH to 145KMPH last year don't know they are called slow-medium

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