Morne Morkel    Getty Images
Morne Morkel Getty Images

The very mention of Kolpak probably causes South African cricket selectors a lot of anxiety. They have lost several quality players for Kolpak deal in Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw. Many featured the worst Morne Morkel had been contemplating going the same way. Although Morkel wanted to play for Proteas till the 2019 World Cup, he was unsure of a spot in the side. Morkel sought assurance from new coach Ottis Gibson about his future plan. However, Gibson had given no guarantee to Morkel due to which the latter was contemplating over a Kolpak deal. Now, despite that, putting all speculations to rest, Morkel has decided to stay with the national side and fight for his place in the World Cup squad. After three weeks on intense discussions with the coach, Morkel arrived at a conclusion.

Morkel has boosted South Africa s bowling attack since his return in March. From the 8 Tests he has played, Morkel has taken 34 wickets at 25. During the Champions Trophy, Morkel was South Africa s most impressive fast bowler with an economy rate of just 4.35. However, his involvement in the Bangladesh series was curtailed due to a side strain. However, Morkel is likely to be up for selection ahead of the Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe.

Gibson talked about Morkel in an interview with Cricbuzz: I have had discussions with Morne. He is pretty committed to the Proteas over the next couple of years. Obviously the World Cup is a big thing. He is well aware that there can be no guarantees with regards to that. When it comes to 2019 it will be [about] form, fitness, conditions, that sort of thing. We had a good, honest discussion and he has committed his future to us over the next couple of years.