Kolpak cricketers hit by EC ruling- 22 Jul 2008 00:00:00
The number of foreign ‘Kolpak’ players in county cricket is set to be reduced after the European Commission changed its stance on a key employment agreement.
The ruling affects cricketers playing under the ‘Kolpak’ ruling - the term tagged on to cricketers from South Africa and the West Indies, who are able to come into the UK and play county cricket without being classed as overseas players.
The EC has changed its reading of the Cotonou Agreement it has with some African, Caribbean and Pacific states.
It lets many foreigners effectively play as domestic players in England but will now be read in a way which restricts their freedom of movement.
Kolpak players in the English game at present include the South African pair of Shaun Pollock and Lance Klusener and West Indian Jermaine Lawson.