Loyalty to the national team can only go so far when a well-paid, laid-back career beckons.
Still recovering from the hurt of the World Cup, De Villiers will start itching for a real challenge.
South Africa are trying new things with bat and ball, breathing fresh life into 50-over cricket.
Shamsi shines as team recovers from West Inides defeat to down Australia and keep series hopes alive.
As the tri-series begins, the value of international cricket fixtures is coming under closer scrutiny.
Australia and South Africa have chosen strong teams but the Windies home-first rule has sidelined their star players.
The probe of South African cricket needs the right resources and enough time if it is to be successful.
It’s tough learning the ropes, but some aspirants try to wangle a shortcut.
From the Proteas to the provinces and franchises, the local game is set for some changes for the better.
Tough questions need to be asked and the answers will go a long way to national healing.