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.