Batsman Chad Bowes is the latest player of South African origin to join the inaugural Minor League Cricket Championship in the United States of America.
Bowes captained South Africa Under-19 before relocating to New Zealand – and has forged a successful career with Canterbury.
He will play for the Bay Blazers in the States. Former Proteas seamer Rusty Theron and ex-South Africa Under-19 duo David White and David Bunn will be Bowe’s team-mates at the Blazers.
Former KwaZulu-Natal batsman Slade van Staden, meanwhile, has joined the Houston Hurricanes.
Ex-South Africa Under-19 batsman Willem Ludick, who was a professional cricketer in New Zealand before moving to the US, will be among van Staden’s team-mates at the Hurricanes.
“I can see why guys like Willem are keen. I think he would have played for New Zealand in a year or two. His decision to go over to the US is also family-orientated,” cricket player agent Chris Cardoso told Club Cricket SA.
“America do amazing things with sport as a product and value offering to the public. Look at the NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL. The US has the capacity and finance to make Minor and Major League Cricket a real success, cricket-wise and commercially.”