Stiaan van Zyl ready to end three-year hiatus from South African cricket

File image: Stiaan van Zyl.

Batsman Stiaan van Zyl has returned to South Africa early, after being excluded from Sussex’s ongoing One-Day Cup campaign in the United Kingdom.

Van Zyl hadn’t played for Sussex since early July 2021. He will likely be available for the start of Boland’s CSA T20 Knock Out Competition campaign.

The 33-year-old left-hander has not played professional cricket in South Africa since March 2018.

“I’m extremely proud and grateful for the opportunity given to me to represent Sussex,” said van Zyl.

“I made some great friends and memories over the years. Unfortunately, my time at Sussex didn’t end as I would’ve liked competing for a trophy, but I wish the club all the best for the rest of the season and the future.”

Van Zyl has been contracted by Boland, who have been placed in division one of South Africa’s new domestic structure, which will return to top-tier provincial competition later this year. Franchise cricket has been dissolved.

Boland have also acquired former Cape Cobras duo Janneman Malan and Pieter Malan – as well as ex-Proteas seamer Kyle Abbott and Christiaan Jonker.

Van Zyl was capped 12 times at Test level from 2014 and 2016. He has also represented franchises in the Bangladesh Premier League.

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