Heino Kuhn Takes up Kolpak Route; Signs With Kent

Heino Kuhn
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Heino Kuhn, the right-handed batsman who played four Tests for South Africa last year, has signed with Kent as a Kolpak player.

It effectively means he will not be eligible to play for South Africa after taking the Kolpak route.

Kuhn had also played seven T20Is which came in a period of eight years from 2009 to 2017.

“I’m delighted to get the opportunity to play county cricket, and I’m looking forward to joining the Kent squad.I want to contribute positively to the team and bring my experience from winning trophies in South Africa,” said Kuhn.

Heino Kuhn Takes up Kolpak Route; Signs With Kent
Kuhn could just manage 134 runs against England, which ruled him out of the Test squad: Photo credits: Getty Images

Kuhn made it to the South Africa Test squad last year for England tour after his double century in an unofficial Test against England A.

He could just manage 113 runs in eight innings with the highest score of 34, which ruled him out of the Test squad.

Aiden Markram, who was part of the Test squad on that tour, has now gained the opener seat with Dean Elgar, leaving no room for Kuhn. With hopes of him making a comeback to the Test squad diminishing, Kuhn decided to play county as a Kolpak player.

A veteran of 142 first-class games, Kuhn will join Kent with 9698 runs alongside his name at an average of 43.48.

Kuhn has joined the long list of South African players – who had left the country to play county – to join counties as a Kolpak player.

Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw, Stiaan Van Zyl, Simon Harmer, David Wiese and Daryn Smit are few of the South African players who joined different counties last year.

Heino Kuhn Takes up Kolpak Route; Signs With Kent
Morne Morkel is set to retire from international cricket. Photo credits: AFP

South Africa’s prime pacer, Morne Morkel, could also join the list soon.

He recently announced his retirement from international cricket and the ongoing Test series against Australia is his last international series.

There are reports he is already in talks with various counties and will announce the deal once he plays his last game.

Morkel has played a total of 84 Tests, 117 ODIs and 44 T20Is till now.

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