The cricketer chose not to participate in the India tour.
Recently, Cricket South Africa (CSA) revealed their picks for the T20I and Test teams for the upcoming India tour. Some important names were not on the list including Faf du Plessis and Dale Steyn, but the endnote of the report was what had fans confused. Chris Morris made himself unavailable for the tour as he chose to play in the Euro T20 Slam and in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
During the Proteas’ campaign in the World Cup, he was the teams’ leading wicket-taker with 13, having played only eight matches after replacing an injured Anrich Nortje. He also scored 74 runs in four innings with a strike-rate of 121.31. His decision raised some questions about his career in international games. The CSA clarified that Morris is an important part of their plans across all formats of the game.
The player’s contract wasn’t renewed after the World Cup, hence the negotiations taking place. Morris had already committed to play in the T20 League, so the CSA will postpone the issue until after the India tour.
‘It is well known that Chris’ national contract was not renewed beyond the World Cup. Then, following his superb performance at the World Cup, negotiations began on awarding him a new national contract but by then he had already made other commitments… It absolutely does not mean that the door is closed, and we will start negotiations on a new contract again after the tour. He still wants to play cricket for South Africa’, said a CSA senior official.
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