WPCA local leagues committee block Richard Levi’s Claremont Cricket Club return

File image: Richard Levi.

The Western Province Cricket Association’s local leagues committee have prevented former Proteas batsman Richard Levi from playing for Claremont Cricket Club.

Claremont Cricket Club had selected Levi for Saturday, 17 November’s key WPCA premier league fixture against Victoria Cricket Club. The 30-year-old right-hander is a Kolpak cricketer with Northamptonshire in English county cricket.

He would have played alongside Kent fast bowler David Griffiths on Saturday. WPCA by-laws, however, don’t allow for a foreign recruit and Kolpak player to be in the same XI.

“The number of overseas or foreign players participating in any first, second or reserve division match will be restricted to a maximum of one per team. This limitation does not apply to the third division,” states an excerpt from the WPCA by-laws.

“Any player who plays as a local player in another country (Kolpak player) will be regarded as a foreign player.”

Claremont Cricket Club still have the option to play Griffiths ahead of Levi, but reportedly would rather replace a batsman than weaken the bowling department.

Levi represented the club previously. Fellow international cricketers Graeme Smith, Alan Dawson, Jacques Kallis and Gary Kirsten did, too.

They are still without Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens, who has been employed by Cricket Scotland for a brief period. Leg-spinner Kyle Williamson will continue to captain the XI in Stevens’ absence.

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