Leus du Plooy to play for Green Point Cricket Club amid Kolpak limbo

File image: Leus du Plooy.

Derbyshire batsman Leus du Plooy will play for Green Point Cricket Club during the 2020-21 Western Province Cricket Association premier league.

Du Plooy played for the Knights and Titans before pursuing a career as a Kolpak cricketer in the United Kingdom last year.

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The 25-year-old du Plooy was a key member of Derbyshire’s T20 Blast and Bob Willis Trophy campaigns this year.

“We are committed to continuing this holistic approach to growing our club and are excited to have Leus on board for this journey,” said Green Point Cricket Club chairman Marc Callanan.

Kolpak conundrum

Earlier this year, the England and Wales Cricket Board advised Derbyshire and the 17 other counties the Kolpak ruling will end on 31 December 2020. This is due to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

Du Plooy, Essex’s Simon Harmer, Hampshire’s Kyle Abbott, Sussex’s Stiaan van Zyl and several other South Africans won’t be considered domestic Kolpak players in 2021. If contracted, they will count among the counties’ limited allocation of overseas players.

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Green Point Cricket Club’s other arrivals

Earlier this month, Green Point Cricket Club revealed the recruitment of Cape Cobras batsman Tony de Zorzi and Western Province wicketkeeper Brendon Louw.

Tony de Zorsi

File image: Tony de Zorzi.

De Zorzi recently left the Titans to join the Cape Cobras. Louw has joined Western Province from South Western Districts.

Both players’ appearances for Green Point Cricket Club will likely be limited by franchise and provincial commitments.

Green Point Cricket Club won the 2019-20 WPCA first division A to gain promotion to the premier league.

They have also recruited duo Daniel Childs and Gerhard Jansen van Vuuren from Bellville Cricket Club.

The start of the 2020-21 WPCA club cricket season has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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