David Wiese is the latest South African cricketer to join an English county on a Kolpak deal. The all-rounder has signed a 3-year deal with Sussex thus ending his international career. Other South African players including Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw who joined Hampshire recently.
Last year their countrymen Stiaan van Zyl, Simon Harmer and Hardus Viljoen had signed Kolpak deals to play in English domestic cricket as well. Wiese will join Sussex in June which means that he could feature in the IPL.
He played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore last season but was released late last year. Wiese has played for Sussex in T20 Blast 2016 during which he took six wickets in four matches with economy of over 10.
Wiese played six 4-day games and picked up 19 wickets at an average of 24.00. The all-rounder said during a media interaction, “I would like to thank Cricket South Africa for giving me the opportunity of fulfilling my lifelong dream of representing my country in the sport I love.”
“I am very excited to be joining Sussex on a long-term deal. I thoroughly enjoyed my stint with the club last year and it made my decision so much easier when offered to return. Sussex is an extremely ambitious club and I look forward to being part of their future, ” he added.
Mark Davis expressed his happiness of David’s signing, “We are thrilled to have David joining us at Sussex. “He is an extremely accomplished all-round cricketer who is effective in all formats and will bring great experience and skill to our group.”
Davis added, “He will add significantly to our white-ball team with his bowling and powerful batting at the death and has already shown his potential last season in the longer format. His experience will be invaluable to our young developing team.”