Se­lec­tors to talk to Kal­lis on fu­ture

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - STU­ART HESS

AN­DREW HUD­SON will hold an ur­gent meet­ing with Jac­ques Kal­lis to gain clar­ity about the great all-rounder’s fu­ture in the in­ter­na­tional limited overs for­mats.

Kal­lis shocked con­veyor of se­lec­tors Hud­son and his panel when he asked to be with­drawn from the squad for last month’s Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in Eng­land, cit­ing per­sonal prob­lems.

Through his agent Dave Run­dle, it later emerged that Kal­lis was still keen to play the next World Cup in Aus­tralia in 2015. Hud­son though wants to hear from the player him­self.

“There needs to be a dis­cus­sion with Jac­ques in terms of where he is at and whether we see him adding value in those for­mats,” Hud­son ex­plained.

Kal­lis was not in­cluded in any of the squads for the three-week trip to Sri Lanka which will see South Africa play five One-Day and three T20 In­ter­na­tion­als. Kal­lis last played an ODI in New Zealand in March last year.

Un­der Gary Kirsten’s stew­ard­ship a loose un­der­stand­ing de­vel­oped where Kal­lis, who has played 321 ODIs, was not avail­able for bi­lat­eral se­ries’ but would be picked for tour­na­ments as a way of pro­long­ing his ca­reer.

Hud­son how­ever does not fore­see a sit­u­a­tion where Kal­lis can only play in tour­na­ments. “I don’t think that’s ideal. “I would hope that the team and the squad you take to the World Cup has been rep­re­sent­ing South Africa in the pre­ced­ing 18 months. Jac­ques is spe­cial and we need to give him due con­sid­er­a­tion,” he said.

New Proteas coach Rus­sell Domingo said ne­go­ti­a­tions were still con­tin­u­ing with Kirsten about what role he would play.

“I’m very keen to get him back on board as some sort of con­sul­tant.”

The Proteas leave for Sri Lanka next Sun­day.

‘STILL KEEN’: Jac­ques Kal­lis in ac­tion.

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