South Africa player Dane Piedt eyes cricket career in USA
By: PTI | Johannesburg |

Published: March 28, 2020 2:32:49 pm

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In an uncommon transfer, South Africa off-spinner Dane Piedt is giving up his career in the ICC elite member nation and can transfer to the USA, with goals of guiding the affiliate right into a World Cup someday.

Piedt, who has performed 9 instances for South Africa, will go away for the United States in the following few months to be a part of the brand new Minor League T20 match, which is because of launch this summer season.

“The USA were given ODI status last year so it’s not completely out of the question,” Piedt advised ESPNcricinfo.

“I just signed the deal this morning but no one really knows when I will be able to travel. It was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up, financially and for lifestyle reasons, but it was still a tough decision to make.”

While he doesn’t see himself being picked in the South African group in the close to future after dropping floor to different spinners, Piedt fancies his possibilities in America, the place there’s a dearth of cricketers with expertise of enjoying in the top-flight.

“Shammo (Tabraiz Shamsi) has really made a mark in white-ball cricket and Keshav (Maharaj) has done exceptionally well for the Test side, he has done exactly what the team needs,” Piedt mentioned.

“And if you look at the schedule, South Africa are not due to tour the subcontinent again soon and that’s the only place where I might get a game.”

The spinner has by no means travelled to the USA and doesn’t even know the place he might be primarily based in the long run.

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Piedt mentioned he has been taking ideas from former South Africa seamer Rusty Theron, who helped him safe the deal.

Theron has been residing in the USA for a number of years and made his ODI debut for the nation final yr.

“He has given me some information, especially about the cricket scene there. It’s a decent set-up and I know they have some good cricketers like Xavier Marshall and a few Australians and Indians who played in national Under-19 teams and then moved.”

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