Morkel wants to know ODI plans

2017-09-22 16:30
Morne Morkel (AP)

Cape Town - Proteas bowler Morne Morkel has reportedly admitted that he will consider a Kolpak deal if he is not part of the team's 2019 World Cup plans.

Morkel, who will turn 33 in October, said that he will have a chat with newly-appointed Proteas coach Ottis Gibson on his future before making any decision.

The veteran fast bowler has acknowledged on a few occasions that his time with the Proteas is drawing to a close.

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With Gibson now at the helm, Morkel wants to know the where he stands when it comes to one-day cricket.

When the former West Indian bowler was unveiled as coach by Cricket South Africa this week, Gibson highlighted that his overall aim was to take the Proteas back to No 1 in world cricket and win the World Cup in 2019.

Morkel, who has played in 78 Tests‚ 112 ODIs and 44 T20s for the Proteas, says that he cannot afford to sit on the sidelines with his future unknown.

"I am 32 and it is one of the conversations I am going to have with Ottis to find out where I fit in with white-ball cricket, and if there are any plans for me in 2019," Morkel was quoted as saying at SuperSport Park by CricBuzz website.

"As long as there is communication and things are clear, I can't afford to sit on the sidelines for the next two years and not play cricket.

"It is all about timing and communication. I need to know what their thinking is for the next two years."

Morkel was named in Gibson's 13-man squad for the two-match Test series against Bangladesh starting on Thursday, September 28 in Potchefstroom.

With the injuries of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Chris Morris hampering the Proteas bowling attack, Morkel's experience will be vital considering the potential busy and challenging home summer looming ahead.

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