Dane Piedt recently was reported to have said he was “happy to play (county cricket) as a Kolpak.”

As such, as long as he was on a Kolpak contract, he would be debarred from representing South Africa in any match. This would make Piedt a rare thing: a player of colour seeking to further his career in another country.

That route has been taken more by the white players, and greeted by a chorus of criticism of the policies, those quota selection policies that aim at transforming the cricket game at all levels in South Africa.

Jacques Kallis, former South African all-rounder due to a tweet he had once posted, would have earned approval from that lobby, after Keaton Jennings, son of Ray Jennings wicket keeper, and a former captain of the under 19 South African team, moved to England four years ago, and went on to score 112 against India in his debut on Thursday at Mumbai.

Russell Domingo reckons one can’t point a finger at a non-white player in the South Africa

Russell Domingo reckons one can’t point a finger at a non-white player in the South Africa eleven at the moment and say that he would have been out had he not been a non-white.

In Domingo’s opinion, whichever non-white player is in the eleven, it’s because he has made a gradual progression to the international level playing and showing his worth in the lower circuit.

Domingo sarcastically remarks if he is told that the skin’s complexion is responsible for a bloke like Rabada to be holding his position in the eleven, he would seriously believe that the person making that statement would be under the influence of a weed or something because it’s only the talent which has got the youngster his national cap. The same applies to the likes of Amla and Duminy who also deserve their spots because of their performances over a number of seasons and aren’t there due to any non-Cricketing factor.

There is news that South Africa’s central government wants the national Cricket board to make sure that which whenever a South African eleven gets onto the park in future, be it in senior or Junior Cricket or in men’s or women’s category, a certain number of non-white players must feature in it. But, Domingo says a written order has not come to him with regard to that from his board. So, he would do his selections only on quality.

Domingo also refuses to agree that the Black Caps, having played the red ball Cricket earlier this month in Zimbabwe, are more prepared for the coming series than his side whose previous test appearance had come at the start of the year. As per Domingo, his boys have been active in the game in the other forms and so, are not out of rhythm.

Jacques Kallis believes South Africa can still bounce back

Jacques Kallis believes South Africa can still bounce back in the first test match against India despite having a terrible Day 2.

The South Africans were expected to go on and take a first innings lead, but, they lost their remaining 8 wickets cheaply to the Indian spinners and were bundled out for just 184.

According to Kallis, it would not be fair to criticize the touring side for that batting performance because the pitch was far from being ideal for batting. There are not too many players in the business at this point of time who would have found it easy to score runs on such a rank turner.

Kallis reckons one player who can make the match winning difference for South Africa from this stage is AB De Villiers. He is someone who has got the game for the pitches which turn square.

Kallis is also of the view that there is nothing wrong with the home sides making pitches to suit their style of play and the opposition just needs to adjust to those surfaces quickly.

South Africa is coming to India for a long tour

South Africa is coming to India for a long tour starting from the first week of October and there would be some cracking contests on show as both the teams are almost equally capable.

Firstly, the limited-over games will be played and there will be a 4-match test series.

South Africa has not been beaten in a test series away from home in almost a decade and that speaks volumes of what kind of a team they are in the longest form of the game.

They have got a batting line up composed of some of the legends of the game and they are no lesser in the bowling department either.

Yes, spin bowling wise, there might be a little concern for them especially considering the fact that in India, there will be turn in the pitches, but, they have picked their three best spinners in the squad and while, neither of them has a massive test match experience, they have shown from time to time what they can do.

Steven Harmer was quite impressive in Bangladesh, while, Imran Tahir, when he had played in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago, had also proved to be quite hard for the batsmen to handle.

Jacques Kallis reckons India should not continue with the two-captain theory

Jacques Kallis reckons India should not continue with the two-captain theory and Virat Kohli should be handed over the reins in limited-over Cricket too.

Currently, Virat is captaining India in only the longest form of the game, but, according to Kallis, the Delhi lad is ready to take the full charge.

Speaking in an interview, Kallis said, “In my view, Virat should now be captaining the Indian team in the shorter forms as well. I mean they have to put that responsibility on his shoulders at some point of time anyway. So, why not do it sooner rather than later?”

“Whatever little we have seen of Virat as a captain in the test matches, it appears he is capable of handling the pressure situations and thus, it’s only fair that he is given the opportunity. If it works or not, we will know with time, but, at this point, he is the guy whom the India team would be better off playing under in all three forms.”

There have been some reports that Virat has got the backing of some of the big guys in the BCCI and when the selectors meet next week to pick the squad for the Proteas matches that are starting from the 2nd of October, there might be the announcement of his appointment as captain of 50-Over and 20-over teams too.

Virat is actually quite a different sort of personality if compared to MS Dhoni and the selectors’ only concern is that the contrasting styles of the two leaders might put negative effects on the team.

Kolkata Knight Riders are not missing Jacques Kallis

The Kolkata Knight Riders are not missing Jacques Kallis’ services as a player that much in IPL 8.

Kallis is a part of the KKR support staff now and is not available as a player.

It was supposed that without Kallis, it would be hard for KKR to balance the playing XI.

But, Andre Russell, the young Caribbean player, has taken over the premier all rounder position very efficiently from Kallis.

Russell has won KKR two games single handedly so far in the ongoing edition.

Firstly the game against Kings XI Punjab in which the men in Purple and Gold looked gone for all money with half the side back in the hut at just 60 runs.

But, Russell absolutely thumped the bowling there and then, he repeated the same story against the table leaders Chennai Super Kings as well the other day at Eden Gardens.

The innings versus Super Kings was more remarkable because that pitch was a bit two paced and the ball was turning big.