Club News

17 December 2000

It would appear that Glamorgan may well be without Jacques Kallis for 2001 following reports that the 24 year old wants to shelve his plans to return to the Welsh county.

In an interview with the `South Wales Evening Post` Mike Fatkin, the county`s chief executive said "I`ve got the feeling that Jacques has a heck of a lot of cricket ahead of him and feels that he needs a break. There is a contract there but we are not going to hold Jacques to it."

"It could well be a case of moving on and looking for someone else. In a perverse way, its good that we know now, so we can start looking for someone else. But as before when this happened, we are not going to rush into things or dive in and sign someone in a panic. I will sit down with Steve James and draw up a shortlist and then look at the international schedule. "

"In a way, it`s very disappointing, but I was getting the impression that the United Cricket Board of South Africa, through Ali Bacher, were starting to put constraints on Jacques and if he did come, he could only bowl in one-day cricket, as well as probably missing the first half dozen games of the summer, and then return in early September."

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There is also speculation in the Press that Robert Croft could be drafted into the England squad for their tour to Sri Lanka.

Croft, in an interview with the `Western Mail` said "I am aware that there is some speculation about possible changes to the England squad and that my name has been mentioned as one that might be considered. At the end of last season I made some comments about the England set-up that in hindsight I should not have done. I reacted on the spur of the moment. I regret the fact that some of the things I said were misinterpreted. I can assure people there was never any intention to criticise either players or management."

"If the opportunity does come along for me to re-establish myself in the England team, I want to make it clear that I would love to have a chance to try and do so. I do not think I have done justice to my ability at international level recently, possibly the main reason why I reacted in the way that I did. If there is any prospect of me getting back into the fold I want to grab hold of it."

"The team have done fantastically well in winning the series in Pakistan. Even if one or two changes are going to be made, clearly I cannot take anything for granted. But I would love to play a part and hopefully, the call will come."