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Morkel used to be one of the best all-rounders in the cricketing world
In his heyday, South Africa’s Albie Morkel was being praised as one of the greatest all-rounders the country has ever produced and pundits were even comparing his batting abilities to that of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but in a rather unfortunate turn of events, Morkel has now found himself on the sidelines for far too long and he admitted that “I won’t play for South Africa again”.
Morkel’s fruitful international career was brought to a screeching halt by numerous injuries and the Indian Premier League (IPL), which he devoted his allegiance to instead of the South African national team.
However, Morkel conceded that putting the IPL ahead of his international duties was the worst mistake he had ever made and warned other players not to make the same mistake.
He also stated that the IPL was not a platform for out-of-form players to use as a launching pad to restart their international careers or earn a recall either.
“By all counts I won’t play for South Africa again, so it’s not a desire of mine to prove anything to anyone,” Morkel, who is currently representing the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, told the Times of India. My focus will be to do my best for CSK and contribute on and off the field.”
But, Morkel is not the first South African player to admit that his international career is over, as only a few weeks ago, former Proteas batsman Ashwell Prince decided to sign another deal with English county side Lancashire instead of attempting to regain his spot in the national team.
Morkel and Prince both lost their central contracts, along with veteran players, such as Jacques Rudolph, Rusty Theron and Mark Boucher, whose career was ended prematurely after a freak eye injury last year.