Former Proteas fast bowler Marchant de Lange has signed a three-contract with Gloucestershire in English county cricket.
De Lange played two Tests, four ODIs and six T20Is for South Africa before pursuing a career in the United Kingdom.
He joined Glamorgan and later Somerset – and now Gloucestershire.
“De Lange is currently registered as an overseas player but it is anticipated that he will qualify as an English domestic player ahead of the start of next season,” read a statement from Gloucestershire.
What de Lange said
“I am very excited to have committed my long term future with the club,” said de Lange. “I really look forward to working with head coach Dale Benkenstein as we have a mutual goal for the future of Gloucestershire.
“I’m eager to get going, it’s a fresh start for me at a new club which is very exciting. I want to help Gloucestershire challenge for silverware and I also want to pass on advice and help the young players who are coming through the ranks.”
What Gloucestershire performance director Steve Snell said
“I feel Marchant will add a point of difference with his extreme pace and career record of taking a high volume of wickets. Marchant will add significant firepower to our squad with the ball, and I believe he will be a figure of positive influence in and around the dressing room,” said Snell.
What Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said
“Marchant played a big role in us reaching the T20 Blast final in 2021. However, first XI opportunities across the formats have been limited for him. Moving forward, we are not in a position to guarantee him first-team cricket and we therefore completely understand his desire to seek competitive opportunities elsewhere,” said Hurry.