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Correct Option is European Union

South AFrica skipper Faf du Plessis said a no-deal Brexit would be beneficial for the Proteas because it would close the Kolpak route, stopping the talent drain in the process. The Kolpak ruling is a European Court of Justice ruling handed down in 2003 in favour of Maroš Kolpak, a Slovak handball player. It declared that citizens of countries which have signed European Union Association Agreements have the same right to freedom of work and movement within the EU as EU citizens. Thus any restrictions placed on their right to work are deemed illegal under EU law. A Kolpak player, or Kolpak, is a term used in the United Kingdom for players in the domestic leagues in cricket and both rugby codes from overseas, subject to the Kolpak ruling. Implications for Cricket: the decision has allowed English county cricket clubs to employ the services of a multitude of overseas cricketers, especially from South Africa. Prior to the Kolpak ruling ECB rules had limited each county to one overseas (non-EU) professional. Impact on South African cricket: Players from South Africa, Zimbabwe and several Caribbean countries are eligible for the Kolpak deals via the Cotonou Agreement with the EU. Since 2004, South Africa have lost dozens of cricketers, including stars like Morne Morkel and Kyle Abbott, and also exciting young talents like Simon Harmer, to Kolpak. South African cricketers are not well paid by their board compared to their English, Australian or Indian counterparts. So, a lot of them have moved away, giving up international cricket. A no-deal Brexit means, UK will no longer be part of the European Union Association Agreements and its by-products like Cotonou Agreement. So post-Brexit, the Kolpak deal might cease to exist

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