Rossouw confirms move to Hampshire

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Rilee Rossouw PHOTO: GETTY / CRICINFO

The VKB Knights and Proteas batsman, Rilee Rossouw, has confirmed that he will be playing is cricket at the County team, Hampshire in England.

The move means that the player will no longer be eligible to represent the Proteas at international level.

In a statement, Rossouw confirmed his move to the UK and said it wasn’t an easy decision to make.

“I can confirm that I have agreed and signed a 3-year deal with Hampshire Cricket.

“Deciding to leave South Africa is something I have thought long and hard about and moving to England will give me and my family the long-term career security that I believe is important at this stage of my life.

“I have loved representing the Proteas and will watch from afar with great affection every time they take the field from now on, but I am hugely dedicated to making Hampshire cricket successful on the field.

“I would like to express my thanks to Cricket South Africa for the opportunity to represent my country and also for the Knights for their continued support.

“The move to England and Hampshire Cricket is one that I can’t wait to get underway. I have come close to playing county cricket a couple of times in the past and it is a challenge most cricketers want to take on at some stage in their careers and I am delighted it is at a county with as strong pedigree as Hampshire.

The 27-year-old Rossouw has represented South Africa in 36 One-Day Internationals as well as in 15 T20 Internationals.

Rossouw will be joined at Hampshire by his Proteas teammate, the seamer Kyle Abbott. Abbott’s move to the County side was confirmed that the conclusion of South Africa’s 282 run win over Sri Lanka in the 2nd Test at Newlands. – MORGAN PIEK