Herschelle Gibbs’s game goes global
THE CANCELLATION of Herschelle Gibbs’s national contract with Cricket South Africa “by mutual agreement” may be due to the frankness of his recently published autobiography, but the move could be more because Gibbs wanted the freedom to take up lucrative playing deals elsewhere.
The talented batsman and fielder turns 37 in February, and had made no secret of his desire to represent South Africa at a fourth World Cup in India next year.
Until today Gibbs was one of 23 players contracted by Cricket South Africa until April 2011. As such he was obliged to remain on call, and CSA had the final say on his playing in competitions in other countries.
His SA team is the Cape Cobras, but he only plays in limited overs for them. That means Gibbs has gaps in the season during which he could play in global Twenty20 competitions. It is understood that he recently had to pass up playing in the West Indies.
He was signed up to play in a T20 tour nament in New Zealand this month, which he will likely do now, although he has missed the start. After the New Zealand assignment, he is expected to play in the Australian T20 event, before returning to play for the Cobras for the domestic Pro20 tournament in late January.
It is believed Gibbs could lose out on some R300 000 from the CSA contract cancellation, but he could easily more than make up the loss in T20
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