Kolpak

A 2003 European Union ruling on the right of a Slovakian handball player to play in Germany 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.


Life as a Kolpak
Life as a Kolpak

Race, privilege, political circumstances and opportunities are all intertwined in the decision of players to leave South Africa to play and earn money in the UK

'I want to make a big difference off the field because of all the stupid things I have done'
'I want to make a big difference off the field because of all the stupid things I have done'

Former South Africa fast bowler Andre Nel reflects on his wild-child days, the country's Kolpak record, and his life now as the Essex assistant coach

Morkel targeted as potential Kolpak signing
Morkel targeted as potential Kolpak signing

South Africa could be braced for another blow as Morne Morkel weighs-up his future in international cricket

Kolpak beyond the headlines
Kolpak beyond the headlines

Why and how do white South African cricketers migrate to England? The players, agents and clubs tell you

De Villiers plays down Kolpak threat to SA
De Villiers plays down Kolpak threat to SA

AB de Villiers has described the Kolpak exodus that afflicted South Africa cricket as "something of the past" and talked up the importance of CSA's new T20 competition

South African cricket review highlights player loss
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

Wiese joins Sussex on three-year Kolpak deal
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

Wiese in line for Sussex Kolpak move
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.

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

Piedt assures South Africa he is not taking Kolpak route
Piedt assures South Africa he is not taking Kolpak route

South Africa can console themselves with Russell Domingo's assurance that offspinner Dane Piedt is not looking to go take the Kolpak route

Gale charged with racist abuse after 'Kolpak' outburst
Gale charged with racist abuse after 'Kolpak' outburst

Yorkshire's captain Andrew Gale has become the first county cricketer to be accused of a racism offence after he was charged on Wednesday by the England & Wales Cricket Board for a disparaging use of the term 'Kolpak'

Ingram takes Kolpak route to Glamorgan
Ingram takes Kolpak route to Glamorgan

Colin Ingram has signed a three-year contract to play county cricket with Glamorgan from next season

Petersen quits international cricket
Petersen quits international cricket

Alviro Petersen has announced his retirement from international cricket following the series against West Indies and will take up a Kolpak deal in English county cricket

Taylor goes Kolpak, 'retires' from Zimbabwe cricket
Taylor goes Kolpak, 'retires' from Zimbabwe cricket

Wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor is set to play his final game for Zimbabwe when he takes the field against India in their last Group B game of the 2015 World Cup

Veteran Edwards gets Hampshire Kolpak deal
Veteran Edwards gets Hampshire Kolpak deal

Hampshire have sought to pep up their pace attack by signing veteran West Indies quick Fidel Edwards on a Kolpak registration for the second part of the 2015 season

Rudolph quits South African cricket
Rudolph quits South African cricket

Jacques Rudolph will no longer play professional cricket in South Africa after the left-handed batsman announced his decision to end his career in England

How a cricket transfer works
How a cricket transfer works

The moves, up, down and sideways, in county cricket explained

South African Harmer plugs Essex's spin-bowling gap
South African Harmer plugs Essex's spin-bowling gap

Essex have turned to South African Simon Harmer to answer their spin weakness

Viljoen's Derbyshire deal adds to South Africa exodus
Viljoen's Derbyshire deal adds to South Africa exodus

Hardus Viljoen, the bullish Highveld Lions fast-bowler who played one Test match for South Africa against England, has signed a Kolpak deal with Derbyshire for three-years