South African young talent Graham Hume to play for Ireland
As a country, South Africa over the years has suffered the most due to the player exodus. During the apartheid regime in the 1970s, 80s we had many South African born cricketers like Tony Grieg, Allan Lamb, Robin Jackman, Kepler Wessels making a name playing for other nations like England or Australia. Unfortunately, the trend has again started with players signing the Kolpak deal to play county cricket. In this way, they have lost players like Jason Roy, Devon Conway etc.
Even from other nations also, players who were unable to make it big have gone ahead and opted to play for other countries. South African young talent Graham Hume to play for Ireland.
The latest South African casualty is Graham Hume, the fast-medium bowler & left handed batsman, who took 13 wickets in 2010 while playing for the Proteas in under 19 world cup cricket. Much later, he was the leading wicket-taker in the 2017–18 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup for KwaZulu-Natal Inland. With 40 dismissals in ten matches.
Hume who was playing in Ireland has been named by the Irish selectors. In their ‘A’ squad for the upcoming Bangladesh tour. The cricketer will be eligible to officially represent the Irish senior team from 2022.
Hume was naturally delighted on his selection. He said : ” It was a very exciting moment as I didn’t really expect to be going. It probably took a while to sink in. Also, knowing that I will be in the privileged position to trave.l At these strange times is something that I recognise.”