David Wiese, the allrounder, has signed a three-year Kolpak deal with Sussex, becoming the third South African cricketer in less than a week to forgo his international career.
Wiese, 31, played six One-Day Internationals and 20 Twenty20 Internationals for South Africa between 2013 and 2016, taking 24 wickets and scoring 92 runs. His T20I career-best was the 5 for 23 he took against West Indies in Durban in 2015.
He joins Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw, who were signed by Hampshire last week.
Wiese, who represented Sussex in four T20 Blast matches in 2016, is the county’s second Kolpak signing ahead of the 2017 season after Stiaan van Zyl, who was signed in November.
“I am very excited to be joining Sussex on a long-term deal,” said Wiese, who will join the county in June. “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.”
Wiese, who played three matches in South Africa’s World T20 2016 campaign, had built a reputation as a finisher of matches because of his explosive middle-order batting.
He was in line to feature in the South African squad for the three T20Is against Sri Lanka until he informed the board of his decision to join Sussex, Cricket South Africa said.
“David Wiese was one of our original selections but he has informed us that he intends to take up a Kolpak contract and has therefore been withdrawn from the squad,” said Linda Zondi, CSA selection convener.
“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa for giving me the opportunity of fulfilling my dream of representing my country in the sport I love,” said Wiese.
Wiese recently helped Titans defend their T20 Challenge title, was a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League‚ and had represented Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.
His signing is subject to approval by the England and Wales Cricket Board. But Mark Davis, the Sussex head coach, believes his experience will be a huge benefit to the club.
“We are thrilled to have David joining us at Sussex,” said Davis. “He is an extremely accomplished all-round cricketer who is effective in all formats and will bring great experience and skill to our group.
“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.”