Basheer Walters to play for Rylands Cricket Club

File image: Basheer Walters.

Rylands Cricket Club have recruited seamer Basheer Walters for the 2021-22 Western Province Cricket Association premier league.

Rylands Cricket Club are still awaiting a maiden stint in the WPCA premier league. They had been promoted from the first division A on the back of a successful 2019-20 season, but didn’t play any premier league cricket in 2020-21 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Batsman Hamza Saloojee has also joined Rylands Cricket Club, from Stellenbosch University Cricket Club (Maties).

Batsmen Jack Newby, Taariq Chiecktey, Ismail Prince and Saulieg Rayned had joined Rylands Cricket Club prior to the 2020-21 season. Prince, Chiecktey and Rayned have been retained, but Newby has moved to the United Kingdom.

Walters contracted by Western Province

Walters has been contracted by Western Province ahead of South Africa’s return to top-flight provincial competition. Franchise cricket in the country has been dissolved.

The 34-year-old right-armer previously represented the Warriors and Titans.

“Having spent 12 seasons playing cricket in the Eastern Cape, it is sad that I have to leave a place that has been part of my career for such a long time,” Walters told the Herald.

“But for me it is about exposure and opportunity and I am really looking forward to that new chapter.”

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