Former South African fast bowler, Vernon Philander announced his retirement in 2020 just before the Test series between England and South Africa. It is now that Vernon Philander has come out in the open. And he has decided to take legal action against the South African Cricket Board accusing ‘Breach of Contract.’
Announcing the same in a statement, Vernon Philander had said, “It was during the 2018 tour of Sri Lanka when Cricket SA was very concerned about players leaving the national team and taking up Kolpak contracts in England. We had just lost a host of bowlers like Kyle, Marchant, Parny to Kolpak and Morne Morkel also retired to join Surrey. CSA was worried about losing more and they were aware that I had plenty of offers from a number of English counties.”
It further added, “It was at this stage that CSA’s acting director of cricket and head of pathways and development flew to Colombo to discuss my future with the Proteas. It was during these meetings that it was discussed that my contract would be upgraded if I remained eligible for the Proteas. After the meetings, I immediately called Arthur and told him I was happy with the proposal and that I would continue playing for the Proteas in terms of the new agreements.”
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The statement further added “I was paid the new amount for the next season, but not the following year. I was told that due to me not playing franchise cricket they could not pay me what was previously agreed upon. This has no bearing on my national contract. They presented their ‘ranking system’ which made no sense as I had actually gone up in the ICC Test rankings.”
Vernon Philander concluded, “I have spoken to SACA about what’s happened to me as they are the players’ workers union, but their message has been that it is between me and CSA.”
Vernon Philander has played 64 test matches taking 224 wickets with an average of 22.3. The 36-year-old was one of the best bowlers in the history of South Africa cricket and was known for moving the ball both ways.