Her­schelle Gibbs’s game goes global

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MICHAEL DO­MAN

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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