South African test player Paterson negotiates deal with English county

CAPE TOWN: Dane Paterson , a fast bowler who played in South Africa's two most recent test matches, is negotiating a deal with Kolpak to play county cricket in England, according to Ashwell Prince , your franchise coach.

Former test hitter Prince said Paterson, 31, was in the final stages of concluding a deal with the unidentified county.

Prince explained why Paterson's name was missing from a list of players hired by the Cape Cobras franchise for the 2020/21 season announced at a press conference on Monday.

Paterson played in the third and fourth tests against England in January, taking four wickets with an average of 41.50. England won both games.

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Although Paterson previously played in four one-day internationals and eight Twenty20 internationals for South Africa, he was not selected for the white ball games against England and Australia that followed the England Tests, which Prince said was a factor in the decision of the player.

If Paterson strikes a deal, he could be the last of dozens of South Africans to benefit from the Kolpak failure which allows players from countries with trade agreements with the European Union practicing sport in the EU without being classified as foreign players.

Since Britain left the EU, the Kolpak deals in England will expire at the end of the 2020 season, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

A Cape Cobras spokesman said that Paterson's deal was subject to approval from the England and Wales Cricket Board . If approval is not received, the county would sign Paterson as a foreign player.