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'Never easy leaving' - Piedt ends South Africa career to move to USA
Piedt Shifts Loyalties

'Never easy leaving' - Piedt ends South Africa career to move to USA

Dane Piedt has bid farewell to his international career with South Africa as he begins his cricketing journey in the United States of America.

The wily off-spinner has moved abroad after signing a contract in the new USA-based Minor League T20 tournament.

He now intends to meet the eligibility criteria in place to get into the USA national team as he harbours hopes of featuring in ICC's showpiece event in the future.

Piedt's career with the Proteas never really took off as he managed to get only a handful of chances at the highest level.

He donned the South African jersey in nine Tests with his most recent appearance occurring during the India tour last year. His ordinary tally of 26 wickets at an average of 45.2 across these games failed to convince the selectors to give him a long run in the format while Keshav Maharaj emerged as the top spinner for the side.

The 30-year-old's departure also ends his decade-long association with the domestic franchise Cape Cobras, leaving the team's management in a quandary over who to appoint the new skipper.

"Thank you for an incredible 10 years @CobrasCricket, it was something I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. Never easy leaving. But I have loved every second, trophies won and life long friendships made," read Piedt's sentimental note on Twitter.

Piedt's decision to settle in the USA was finalized through the guidance of former Proteas seamer Rusty Theron, who followed the same route. Theron played a few white-ball matches for South Africa several years ago before heading to America, for whom he debuted last year.

“Basically, I am just happy to have received a deal like this. It’s more a life decision I am making for my wife and I. There are loads of benefits that can come from it,” Piedt told the South Africa-based Independent Media.

“Rusty contacted me and the conversation just went on from there. He painted a good picture. So for the next three years, I am excited for a new challenge and as everyone knows I’ve always swam up stream.”

While the current coronavirus pandemic has throttled the sporting calendar, Piedt is confident of making an impact in the ambitious Minor League T20, which promises to encompass 22 cities in the Associate nation.