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Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw sign Kolpak deals

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Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw may have played their last game for South Africa. Both players have signed a Kolpak deal with English county side, Hampshire.

"I don't agree with it but I respect it," South Africa captain Faf du Plessis after the second Test against Sri Lanka in Cape Town.

Abbott, 29, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday, played just 11 Tests for South Africa, picking 39 wickets at an average of 22.72. He also played 28 ODIs and 21 T20Is for South Africa.

"Making the decision to commit my long term future to Hampshire was undoubtedly the most difficult one I have ever had to make and I leave with more than a little sadness knowing that I won't represent the Proteas again. Representing my country was undoubtedly the biggest honour in my career and I am very thankful for the opportunity to have represented South Africa and the Proteas," said Abbott in a statement released by Cricket South Africa.

Meanwhile, Rossouw, 27, who will also join Abbott in Hampshire, has played 36 One-Day Internationals and 15 T20I matches for South Africa.

"I can confirm that I have agreed and signed a 3-year-deal with Hampshire Cricket. Deciding to leave South Africa is something I have thought long and hard about and moving to England will give me and my family the long term career security that I believe is important at this stage of my life. I have loved representing the Proteas and will watch from afar with great affection every time they take the field from now on but I am hugely dedicated to making Hampshire cricket successful on the field," said Rossouw in a similar statement.

Kolpak contracts are named after Slovak handball player Marius Kolpak, who won a landmark case at the European Court of Justice in 2003.

It allows sportsmen from nations that have association agreements with the European Union, including South Africa, the same right to free movement as EU citizens without being classed as 'foreigners'.

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