Roelof quits Proteas to play for the Dutch


Former South Africa international Roelof van der Merwe has announced his plans to leave franchise and South African cricket and pursue a new career for the Netherlands following a prodigious season on the South African domestic circuit.

Van der Merwe pursued a Netherlands passport through his Dutch ancestry and it was secured on Monday. The former Proteas player will represent the Netherlands immediately and will seek to become part of the Dutch ICC Twenty20 World Cup squad in March and April 2016.

He will also attempt to play county cricket in England as a European Union local citizen. Van der Merwe was the leading four-day run-scorer for the Titans in the 2014/2015 South African domestic season, managing 774 runs at an average of 55.28.

Van der Merwe said in a statement: "It has been a privilege and an amazing journey to be part of the Titans family for the past eight years.

"My cricket journey will continue, but I have decided on a different path that could be beneficial to my long-term career and family life.

"I would like to thank everyone at the Titans for all the support and hard work. You had a massive impact into making me the cricketer and person that I am today.

"All these ingredients of the cricket trade I have acquired at the Titans will be a strong component in my future endeavours."