Cape Town - Rilee Rossouw and David Wiese, two Proteas cricketers who recently signed Kolpak deals in England, will still be available for domestic cricket in South Africa.
Rossouw, along with fast bowler Kyle Abbott, shocked the South African cricket fraternity last week when they gave up the right to play for their country for lucrative county deals in England.
On Monday, it was also announced that all-rounder Wiese had signed for Sussex, making him unavailable for national selection.
Titans CEO Jacques Faul confirmed that Wiese would still be available to the franchise in the English off-season.
“It is sad because we obviously pride ourselves in being a successful conveyor belt for international players. South Africa is losing the services of a match-winning all-rounder whose tremendous straight hitting and masterful change of pace makes him an asset to any team,” Faul said on the Titans' official website.
“Yet, we are indebted to David because he has been very frank with us from the start, and he has handled the whole process with professionalism and integrity. He has also committed himself to represent the Titans for the rest of his career. He is a whole-hearted performer and a dedicated human being who commands the utmost respect.”
Knights CEO Johan van Heerden told Netwerk24 that Rossouw would also keep representing the franchise in future.
“Rilee hails from this area and we’d like him to play for us (in the South African summer). We’ll pay him per game when he’s available,” said Van Heerden.
Meanwhile, another Proteas bowler, Marchant de Lange, is also reportedly set to sign a Kolpak deal.
According to Afrikaans weekly, Rapport, De Lange could join Glamorgan, with negotiations between the fast bowler and the English county “at an advanced stage”.
De Lange, 26, has played two Tests, four ODIs and six T20Is for South Africa in an injury-plagued career.
This will be a further blow for Cricket South Africa, who have lost several players to Kolpak deals in recent times.
Batsmen Colin Ingram and Stiaan van Zyl, spinner Simon Harmer and fast bowler Hardus Viljoen are other Proteas players who opted for greener pastures.