Proteas head coach Mark Boucher sounded distinctly luke-warm about the prospect of one-time Kolpak players returning to the national set-up after news that the Central Gauteng Lions have signed Duanne Olivier for next summer, when SA cricket reverts to a 15-man provincial system rather than the six-team franchise structure which has been in operation since the 2003-04 season.
“There are a lot of things that need to happen for him to be even considered,” Boucher said in an online media conference on Thursday.
“First he has to show good form at provincial level, we can’t judge him on what he has done in the past or overseas. He has to come back into our system and perform properly at this level,” said Boucher, whose team face Pakistan in the fourth and final T20I on Friday.
Meanwhile, South Africans David Miller and Chris Morris produced an astonishing comeback, seven-wicket victory for the Rajasthan Royals against the Delhi Capitals in their IPL match in Mumbai on Thursday.
Chasing a modest 148 for victory, the Royals crashed to 42-5 in the 10th over, but Miller belted 62 from 43 balls and Morris finished the game with a remarkable 36 not out from 18 balls to seal victory.