According to the reports of Britain, South African pacer Kyle Abbott is looking to rest aside his international cricket as the English County system has offered him a lucrative contract.
Currently, Abbott is playing for the Proteas in the 3 match Test series against Sri Lanka and on the verge of signing a multi-year deal with Hampshire county club. He will play all formats for the County as a Kolpak player.
Although the contract hasn't been finalized yet but if the deal gets signed then Abbott will not be able to play for South Africa for the duration of the contract. As per the reports of ESPN, the 30-year-old Abbott is in disagreement to sign a four years deal with Hampshire and can only resume his international career after the contract with Hampshire comes to an end.
Abbott has worked really hard to make it to the national side even after making his debut in 2013 because of the presence of the players like Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. He was one of the very best performers for the Proteas during their recently concluded test series against Australia which they won by 2-1 against the hosts. Abbott has taken 13 wickets in the series with a prolific average of 174.84 in just two Tests he had played.
Eventually, if Abbott signs the contract with Hampshire, he will become the most high-profile player from the list of previous South Africans to take up the county contracts this year.