Morne Morkel © Getty Images
Morne Morkel © Getty Images

South Africa are going through a turmoil off-late. They lost the series against England 1-3, did not have their top all-rounder Vernon Philander in the final Test, have been without the services of their experienced bowler Dale Steyn for 9 months and now Kolpak seems to be crippling back in the camp. Morne Morkel is already weighing his future in international cricket and as per ESPNcricinfo reports; Morkel could be the next target of a Kolpak deal. At least three counties are considering signing a Kolpak deal with Morkel before the 2018 season. Warwickshire is one of them who are looking to have Morkel on board. Morne Morkel to quit ODIs, T20Is?

Morkel is also mulling over the options. When Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw were roped in by Hampshire through Kolpak deals after the Australia series, the South African cricket board were in a state of shock. With Morkel also wanting to go ahead with the Kolpak deal, the news might cause concern in South Africa. However, with Morkel to turn 33 in October, the Kolpak deal might secure his cricketing career. But the Kolpak deal might not even happen at the first place. As per some suggestions, as a result of the referendum vote to leave the EU, the relevant trade deal that allows such players to qualify might become obsolete to those wanting to work in the UK. Morkel since his return to the squad after his back injury has claimed 19 wickets in the England 4-match Test series.

He won the Player of the Series award along with Moeen Ali. Morkel has been South Africa’s leading wicket-taker despite them having Kagiso Rabada alongside.