Batsman Chad Bowes is among several cricketers who have left South Africa to pursue careers in New Zealand.
Former Lions and Dolphins batsman Devon Conway, who recently qualified to play for New Zealand via Wellington, is the most topical example. Ex-Cape Cobras spinner Michael Rippon, who is now with Otago, is among the others.
Bowes, meanwhile, has been a welcome addition at Canterbury. He has played with and against New Zealand internationals Todd Astle, Matt Henry, Seth Rance and several others at domestic level.
‘There is a huge “care factor” here, which is incredibly valuable to me. The culture that has been created, and is still being enhanced, motivates players to think about their teammates and the team’s needs above their own needs,’ Bowes told the Sports Editor.
‘This service above self also reflects the kind of culture that New Zealand develops as a country. Egos are not accepted and pride in the badge and what it stands for is at the centre of everything that we do – whether it be the players, coaches, or office staff.’
Bowes, like countrymen Kruger van Wyk, Neil Wagner and others in the past, wants to play for New Zealand. Whether is able keep jostling for position with Conway, Rippon and others in this pursuit, though, remains in the balance.
‘Yes. However, I am at peace with whatever my future holds, knowing that what’s meant to be will be,’ he concluded.
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