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De Kock, Miller in as CSA trims contracts list

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 18, 2014

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Quinton de Kock raises his bat after scoring his third consecutive hundred, South Africa v India, 3rd ODI, Centurion, December 11, 2013
Quinton de Kock has become a fixture at the top of the order in ODI cricket © Getty Images
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Quinton de Kock and David Miller have been awarded national contracts by Cricket South Africa for 2014-15. The new list has been trimmed from its usual 20-plus names to 17 following an agreement between CSA and the South African Cricketers' Association (SACA).

Marchant de Lange, Dean Elgar, Colin Ingram, Aaron Phangiso and Thami Tsolekile are the five players no longer on CSA's books. Test retiree Jacques Kallis has been given a one-year contract "to recognise his immense contribution to South African cricket over a long period of time and to secure his availability for the ODI squad", according to a CSA release.

In addition to the current list, CSA will also offer 12 top-up contracts for "aspiring Franchise players who could be regarded as potential Proteas in the future". Those players will only be identified once the franchises have completed their own contracts.

While no official reason has been given for the cut in the number of contracts, ESPNcricinfo understands that the trimming is linked to an expected shortfall of R54 million (US$5m) in CSA's budget. CSA reportedly incurred a significant loss on the curtailed 2013-14 India tour - though the final figures are yet to arrive - and it is possible the effects are starting to show. The board had hoped to earn R318 million (US $29m) from India arriving to play three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20s; instead a shortened itinerary included just two Tests and three ODIs.

De Kock made his mark on the India one-dayers, becoming the fifth player to score three consecutive ODI hundreds. Both he and Miller are regular members of South Africa's limited-overs squads and, at 21 and 24 respectively, should have big roles to play in the future.

Elgar's omission comes despite his involvement in the ongoing Test series against Australia. He remains in the squad as the back-up batsman, having made one century in seven Test appearances, and could come into contention for the second Test in Port Elizabeth. Tsolekile is also in the squad, though it appears South Africa may now look beyond him as the reserve wicketkeeper - a role de Kock can also perform. De Lange took 7 for 81 on Test debut two years ago but has since struggled with injuries.

"I am delighted that we recently signed a new Heads of Agreement with SACA," the CSA chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, said. "As expected, negotiating player terms that include earnings will always be challenging, but I was really pleased with the positive and mature way in which the negotiations were conducted."

The 17-man list did not include Kallis' name, as his contract was specially drawn up. Kallis retired from Test cricket after the Boxing Day Test against India but hopes to be involved in the 2015 World Cup. "We are well aware of the incredible stature of Jacques and his personal desire to play in next year's ICC World Cup," Lorgat said. "We want to help him as best as we can."

The new list includes eight players given two-year deals, although CSA did not specify who the recipients were. SACA said it was happy with the reduction in the number of contracts, because the average number of players to represent South Africa on an annual basis is 17.

CSA contracted players for 2014-15: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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Posted by gibbs.175 on (February 21, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

South africa cricket is so poor ? they can not take even 20 players for no.1 contract.It is very surprised one for world cricket fans that the country who is very popular around the world could not handle just 20 players (Elgaar ,Kyle ,Hendricks,WE miss them and they are needed to be called in right time ) good luck

Posted by DaveFish on (February 20, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

burdening AB with gloves ....what a load of hog. Are comments like this going to carry on for another year....AB has proven he can do both jobs. Please move on and moan about something else. Tsolekile into the test side is JOKE, he's simply NOT good enough. JK deserves the great gesture, well done CSA.

Posted by Blackcaviar on (February 20, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

If you are looking for SA's future match winners look no further than De Kock and Miller. Looking through the MOM awards awards achieved through all matches in 2013 and 2014 for all contracted players listed on the new contract list, you notice the following: Top of the list is Miller with 11 MOM awards followed by De Kock with 9. Steyn has 5 and De Villiers 4. Another very interesting stat is that at ages 24 and 21 respectively, these 2 are the youngest in the squad by a long way. Someone who is not yet contracted is the new t20 World Cup squad member, Beuran Hendricks (age 23) who has 7 MOM awards during the same period. Albie Morkel, recalled to the t20 World Cup squad, had only 3 MOM awards with the last being in July

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 19, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

@jack-gibbs Not only gives performance preference over age, all Asian teams do so, Pak, SL.

Posted by jack-gibbs on (February 19, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

I believe if you can not stay at the crease for long time you should not be a opening batsmen Alviro not really doing it for me. In India if you talented no matter you age you are given the responsibility look at Tendulkar. Quinton needs to be in the test team. our spin bowlers costs us more as they don't always make up for what they concede for. So that's my say.

Posted by chechong0114 on (February 19, 2014, 5:18 GMT)

It is time for these boards to begin generating their own wealth and stop relying on the so called" TOP3" in order to survive. Its like the front offices of most of the other cricket nations have fallen asleep. In the area of finances cricket has done an incredibly poor job at marketing itself and becoming a profitable entity but all is not lost and it does'nt take much to change this disturbing trend.What is to point of playing the sport when u continue to yield mostly empty seats and debt. Cricket has prided itself on country first and money after but the fact of the matter is sport is a business coupled with the other fact that the current system is just not working at all. Somebody has to become BOLD and be a front runner for some serious success. South Africa has no excuse for being in the current financial state they are in, they have a huge population and a decent economy their administrative staff are the ones that are failing.

Posted by kcr_ on (February 19, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

@Proteas-13thman Have you been to india? not worth it going to live there. for a chance to play in a losing team anyway. @Syd_F - Tsolekiles time is up now, keepers can't be no11 batsman for the last 50 years or so.

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (February 19, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

"CSA had hoped to earn US$ 318 million from india tour " really 318 million US DOLLARS? bcz rough calculation gives me 1800 crore indian rupees! Any error? Mean printing error?

Posted by Syd_F on (February 19, 2014, 1:45 GMT)

Although Quinton de Kock was very successfull against India, but I still think he should be considered for ODIs & T20s only for the time being. SA should bring Thami Tsolekile into the test site and keep de Kock as his understudy. As shown in the last test against Aussies, not for the first time, AB & Amla were the best batsman they have. And burdening AB with gloves is not helping anybody. If SA wants to sustain their position as top ranked team they need more runs from AB and Amla, otherwise they will also face similar fate and India and England.

Posted by Proteas-13thman on (February 19, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

This Lorgaat has cost SA cricket dearly~! Trimming the list is not the solution if you keep people like alviro petersen , rory klienveld , ryan mclaren on.Players such as hendricks kyle abbott should be included. If I were these players such as kyle abbot I would go live in India and eventually go play for them.

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