BREAKING: Former Proteas great takes legal action against CSA

Philander enjoyed an iconic career with the Proteas, featuring in 64 Tests and claiming 224 wickets at an average of just 22.32.

However, in an exclusive for Independent Media, Philander has now highlighted grievances with Cricket SA related to contract disputes during the latter stages of his career.

“It was during the 2018 tour of Sri Lanka when Cricket SA were very concerned about players leaving the national team and taking up Kolpak contracts in England. We had just lost a host of bowlers like Kyle (Abbott), Marchant (de Lange), Parny (Wayne Parnell) to Kolpak and Morne Morkel also retired to join Surrey. CSA were worried about losing more and they were aware that I had plenty of offers from a number of English counties,” Philander exclusively told IOL Sport.

“It was at this stage that Corrie van Zyl (CSA’s former acting director of cricket and head of pathways and development) flew to Colombo to discuss my future with the Proteas. Firstly, my agent Arthur Turner should have been present in those meetings but obviously wasn’t because we were in Sri Lanka.

“It was during these meetings that it was discussed that my contract would be upgraded if I remained eligible for the Proteas. After the meetings I immediately called Arthur and told him I was happy with the proposal and that I would continue playing for the Proteas in terms of the new agreements.”

Philander alleges that CSA honoured his new Proteas contract, but only for one season

In total, Philander played in 111 internationals across all formats during a 13-year career before he retired in January 2020 after the last Test against England at the Wanderers.

“I was paid the new amount for the next season, but not the following year. I was told that due to me not playing franchise cricket they could not pay me what was previously agreed upon. This has no bearing on my national contract. They presented their ‘ranking system’ which made no sense as I had actually gone up in the ICC Test rankings.”

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