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Chaos in CSA's administration forced Philander to retire early
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Chaos in CSA's administration forced Philander to retire early

Vernon Philander has admitted the chaos in CSA’s administration hastened his decision to quit international cricket.

The wily quick announced the decision of leaving international cricket at the end of England Test series. He played his last Test at the Wanderers which was won by the visitors by a margin of 191 runs.

The turmoil in CSA’s administration, which led to the resignation of board’s chief executive Thabang Moroe and the entire board, was an important factor behind Philander’s decision to end his international career and strike a two-year Kolpak deal with Somerset CCC.

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"As a player, you get to the point where you've had enough," he said in an interview with Afrikaans language newspaper Rapport.

"CSA's former management only started looking after themselves, the players were the last ones they worried about,” said Philander. “Too many things went wrong in the last while, I had to decide what is the best road ahead for me. Then I decided to retire.

"I am 35 now, with a decent career behind me, but I would have considered playing longer if not for the chaos in our cricket administration."

'Things going on behind closed doors'

However, he said the recent changes in the board’s administration, including the appointment of Graeme Smith as the interim director of cricket, has brought much more credibility in the board.

According to Philander, the decision to include him in place of Kyle Abbott in the 2015 World Cup semi-final – a move to fulfill the race quota – was unfair on Abbott.

Philander had picked up a hamstring injury during the World Cup 2015 and didn’t play in South Africa’s thumping nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals.

"I blatantly and openly told the coach (Russell Domingo) that the best player should play," said Philander. "He told me: 'You are the best player for the day, you're playing. But they were clearly not open and honest with me and Kyle. There were definitely things going on behind closed doors."

Philander said that although he and Abbott maintained a good rapport, "both of us took a bit of a knock because of what happened there."

The semi-final between South Africa and New Zealand went down the wire, but it was New Zealand who emerged victorious towards the end. Grant Elliot had smashed a memorable six off the second last ball which propelled the home side to the finals of the World Cup.

Abbott, a mainstay of South Africa’s pace battery, had decided to move to Hampshire on a Kolpak deal in 2017.