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How Brexit Affects England's “Kolpak” Cricketers – And What Happens Next?

How Brexit Affects England's “Kolpak” Cricketers – And What Happens Next?
Thursday, 11 February 2021 By Yasin Patel

It has finally happened. The issue that has dominated the front pages of our national newspapers for what seems an eternity. Brexit. As various sectors of the economy brace themselves for severe disruption, the further permutations of Brexit are starting to affect the sporting world, if they haven’t already.

This article explains the “Kolpak” rule and how it relates to permitted quotas for overseas cricketers playing in England and Wales.  It then examines what effect Brexit will have on the status of Kolpak players in the county game, and what the future holds for professional cricket in the UK.  

It also looks at rugby union and the effects of Kolpak upon another premier sport that has been so reliant upon Kolpak players over the last decade.  It is an area of law that has been so central to sports and clubs in terms of player recruitment, retention, forward planning and club development.

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Yasin Patel

Yasin Patel

A leading lawyer in Sports Law with almost 20 years of expertise. Yasin has experience in representing players and officials, a Tribunal Member in International Hearings, advisor and policy making consultant for governing bodies and government departments and involvement in dispute resolution matters. Having appeared in and represented players in the biggest match-fixing (Pakistani Test Cricketers), corruption and cheating (ICC Hearings), anti-doping and drugs (cycling and Olympic sports), contractual disputes, sports libel matters and other related cases at CAS, national and International courts and arbitrations and the highest appellate courts, Yasin has comprehensive knowledge and experience in all areas of Sports Law.

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