• Piedt relocates to United States

    Spinner Dane Piedt has ended a 10-year career in South Africa to play professional cricket in the United States of America.

    Piedt will be part of the new Minor League T20 tournament, which will likely be played in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and other American cities.

    He played nine Tests between 2014 and 2019 and enjoyed a lengthy career with the Cape Cobras in franchise cricket.

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    ‘I did it the proper way. I gave coach Ashwell Prince a call and explained it to him and he was very understanding. I explained that this is an opportunity to further my cricketing career. It’s something different, a new challenge. I have always been someone who goes against the grain,’ Piedt told ESPNcricinfo.

    ‘It was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up, financially and for lifestyle reasons, but it was still a tough decision to make.’

    Former Proteas seamer Rusty Theron debuted for the United States in ODI cricket last year.

    ‘Rusty has given me some information, especially about the cricket scene there. It’s a decent set-up and I know they have some good cricketers like Marshall and a few Australians and Indians who played in national U19 teams and then moved,’ added Piedt.

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