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March 1, 2019

Holder calls for minimum wage to halt Kolpak exodus

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Agencies
March 1, 2019

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada: West Indies captain Jason Holder has called upon the ICC and FICA to ensure a “substantial minimum salary” for international cricketers.

Speaking in the aftermath of Duanne Olivier’s decision to sign a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire, effectively ending his international career, Holder revealed he had held discussions with FICA, the Federation of International Cricketers Associations, a collective of players’ unions, on the subject and warned that, if players kept favouring domestic leagues over representing their country, it could become hard to “continue putting up the front” about the quality of international cricket.

Olivier, aged 26 and recently established in South Africa’s Test team, joined an exodus that has, in recent months, seen compatriots Morne Morkel, Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw prefer a future as Kolpak registrations in county cricket to representing their national team.

There were 14 Kolpak registrations playing county cricket in 2018, while West Indies has previously struggled with the availability of some players due to schedule clashes between the international game and T20 leagues.

“It’s really sad to see another quality player lost to Kolpak cricket,” Holder said.“Until something is properly done to keep players a little bit more grounded financially I don’t know how much longer you can continue putting up the front.

“I just think, going forward, we need to find a way to keep players playing for their country.“Probably the ICC and FICA needs to get together and institute a substantial minimum salary so that players will feel comfortable coming home to represent their country.

“Hopefully in the not too distant future we can find common ground where players are playing for their countries and also have time to play in domestic leagues.”

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