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Jacques Kallis claims South Africa’s diversity rules were behind him

Jacques Kallis says he cannot work for South Africa as he is white as the legendary all-rounder takes on the role of English batting consultant for the Sri Lanka Test series

  • Jacques Kallis says he can no longer be involved with South Africa because of color
  • The South African legend, 45, has joined the England staff as a battle consultant
  • South Africa’s transformation policy aims to involve more black Africans
  • Rules extend to coaches and players and Kallis says that’s why he left

Jacques Kallis will wear the blue of England for Thursday’s first test against Sri Lanka, as he says he cannot don the green of his native South Africa because of the color.

The South African legend, 45, has won his fate as a battle consultant for England after breaking the country where he served with such an accolade.

That, Kallis said on Wednesday, is thanks to South Africa’s transformation policies, which extend to coaches and players alike, and saw his spell as a hitting advisor for his home country come to an abrupt end after last year’s defeat to England in the United States. Test series.

Jacques Kallis, 45, says he can no longer work for South Africa after taking a role as a stroke consultant for England

South Africa's transformation policy aims to get more black Africans involved and Kallis says those rules were behind his departure

South Africa's transformation policy aims to get more black Africans involved and Kallis says those rules were behind his departure

Jacques Kallis claims that because of the color, he cannot attract the green of his native South Africa

“I was no longer allowed to be involved with South Africa because they said there would be no more white consultants,” said Kallis prior to the start of his first two-test run with England in Galle.

‘So that unfortunately fell away and I seized this opportunity with England with both hands.

‘I suppose it is our country’s way. Many players have dropped out because colored players have to be involved.

‘There are many coaches who have moved on to other teams. It is a shame that I cannot help South Africa, but we understand where those rules come from. ‘

Kallis, pictured in 2019, has helped England prepare for their first test with Sri Lanka

Kallis, pictured in 2019, has helped England prepare for their first test with Sri Lanka

Kallis, pictured in 2019, has helped England prepare for their first test with Sri Lanka

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