South Africa keeper-batter Quinton de Kock has recognized the rise of franchise-based T20 leagues, and the money that comes with it led to his choice to end his ODI career at the age of 30. De Kock will continue to play T20 Internationals for the Proteas after declaring his Test retirement a few years back.
The player, who has loyally served the South African team for 11 years, claimed that the financial advantages of T20 competitions are difficult to ignore, especially as his career comes to a conclusion. However, he asserted that his national team had always been the object of his first commitment.
Speaking with the host broadcaster, de Kock admitted money was one of the reasons for him to take a call on cutting his international future.
He added that he is full of gratitude to be able to do for over a decade for his country, but the time has come for him to secure his future by participating in the T20 leagues, starting with the BBL in December, which will clash with South Africa’s home ODIs against India.