In six days’ time Cricket SA will lose half of their contracted players. Those remaining will include Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, while Kagiso Rabada and Quinton de Kock have two years remaining of the three-year contracts they signed in 2017, meaning they will still be under contract for the World Cup. They are two of the world’s finest young cricketers, which is why they were given three-year contracts, but even they would be hard pressed to win the World Cup by themselves. There are still 14 months to go to the World Cup so plenty of time to get contracts sorted, you would think. But things might start falling apart in the next couple of weeks unless the country’s top players believe in the security of their futures. And that’s not just national players, it’s the vast majority of the 230 or so professionals. The existing memorandum of understanding between Cricket SA and the players’ union Saca is a detailed document running to over 250 pages, but at its core,...

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