Batsman Pieter Malan has left Middlesex in the ongoing English County Championship to return to South Africa ahead of Boland’s 2023-24 domestic campaign.
Malan collected 221 runs at an average of 14.73 in eight 2023 County Championship fixtures. He collected two half-centuries and five ducks.
“First and foremost, Pieter is a wonderful human being with an incredible work ethic. You’d struggle to find a player that works harder on his fitness and on continuing to develop his game,” said Middlesex director of cricket Alan Coleman.
“However, he would be the first to admit that this season has been a struggle for him on the field. It’s a measure of Pieter as a man that he feels disappointed with how this season has panned out, and it most certainly isn’t through lack of effort and hard work on his part.”
Malan debuted in first-class cricket in 2007 – and was capped by the Proteas at Test level three times in 2020.
“You don’t have a first-class career as long and successful as Pieter’s and receive a call-up to represent your country without being a player of his quality who gives so much to the game. However, sometimes things just don’t work out,” added Coleman.
“Pieter leaves Middlesex having made many friends, wish him every success in the future, and have little doubt that it will only be a matter of time before he is back in the runs for Boland.”