South Africa’s seam bowler Vernon Philander opened up about his retirement decision and admitted that Cricket South Africa’s chaotic phase prompted him to an early retirement. At the age of 34, Philander feels that he would have been able to continue further if CSA has not involved in petty pursuits.
Philander feels that the people in CSA were more concerned about themselves rather than cricket which led to chaotic circumstances and forced him to retire early.
"As a player, you get to the point where you've had enough"- Philander said. "Cricket SA's previous administration only looked after themselves; the players were the last people they worried about. Too many things went wrong and I had to decide what was the best way forward for me. I am 34 and have a good career behind me, but I would have considered playing longer if it wasn't for the chaos in our cricket administration." – he added.
Back in 2015, South Africa dropped their best bowler of the tournament Kyle Abbott for the semi-final against New Zealand in the cricket world cup and preferred Philander over him. The controversy raised over it as Abbott was reportedly dropped due to transformation and quota policies. Philander said that he asked the coach to play the best player but he told him that you are the best player for the day, you must play. This series of incidents later forced Abbott to quit International cricket and sign a Kolpak deal.
Philander’s recent remarks have surely given CSA a blow but with the more revamped structure now, the players are hopeful that no more controversies will take place and they won’t be forced to sign any further Kokpak deals.