Kyle Abbott, who walked away from international cricket and South Africa, to sign a Kolpak deal with Hampshire, has finally revealed the reason why he took such a drastic measure. Abbott also claimed that he was at ‘peace’ walking away from South Africa and international cricket.
Always on the verge of being dropped
Speaking to BBC, Abbott revealed the extent of his disappointment when he was being constantly dropped from the South African team, despite some exceptional performances. This anguish led to him taking the call to walk away from South African cricket.
Abbott said, “I always felt like I was close to being dropped and I think I had good reason to (leave). I was dropped after some pretty decent performances for South Africa, from my debut to the World Cup. I always felt no matter what I did, I was always on the verge of being dropped for someone better or for a new player.”
Abbott also revealed that he has no regrets of walking away from South Africa and that he still enjoys a good camaraderie with his ex-South African teammates as well as the coaching staff.
“At the moment I don’t have any regrets, I don’t have anything bitter or any sour grapes towards Cricket South Africa. I wouldn’t be able to play cricket in England or sign a Kolpak deal if Cricket South Africa never have given me the opportunity. I’m at peace with them, I don’t think I’ve burnt any bridges and they’ll still my mates. I still speak to the coaching staff even during the Sri Lankan series, so I’m feeling very comfortable in my decision.”
Abbott also joked that he will put together a Kolpak XI, to face South Africa, when they tour England in the future. “When they (Proteas) come over, I’ll show them a bit of Hampshire and maybe put together a Kolpak XI to play a warm-up game against them.”