Glamorgan’s plans of re-signing Alviro Petersen as a Kolpak player have suffered a serious setback.
The Welsh county had hoped to recruit last season’s captain again for next summer but Petersen has been recalled for the first match of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka this week.
Petersen’s current deal with Cricket South Africa expires this month and Glamorgan confirmed in October that they were monitoring the situation.
The Port Elizabeth-born opener was left out of the Proteas squad for the recent series against Australia with his position taken by Jacques Rudolph.
Glamorgan director of cricket Colin Metson informed county members at the Swalec Stadium six weeks ago that the county would try to bring Petersen back to Wales if his international career ended.
Petersen took over the Glamorgan captaincy from Jamie Dalrymple last season and scored more than 2,000 runs in all competitions.
Wicketkeeper Mark Wallace has taken over the Glamorgan captaincy for 2012, while Australian Test batsman Marcus North has been recruited as the overseas player for the next two seasons.
But that does not prevent Glamorgan from registering Petersen as a Kolpak player with the club seeking an established top-order batsman.
Glamorgan are also in the market for a second overseas player for the Friends Life t20 campaign with the newly-named Dragons side, targeting a bowler.