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New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Kruger van Wyk will captain Central Districts for the 2014-15 domestic season.
Van Wyk takes over from Kieran Noema-Barnett, who captained Central Districts for the past two seasons and even led them to victory in the 2012-13 Plunket Shield competition.
”Kieran’s done a great job over the last two seasons but he’s got aspirations to play at the international level and, from that point of view, we want to give him the optimal opportunity to concentrate on his own game,” Central Districts head coach Heinrich Malan told Dominion Post. “It’s got nothing to do with Kieran as such. We made the decision with him and to give him the best opportunity to play at a higher level. He’s on board with that and happy for us to have the best interests of his career at heart.”
Van Wyk, who has represented New Zealand in nine Test matches, led the Canterbury Wizards when they won their first state championship title in 2008. However, after being stripped of the captaincy during the 2009-10 season, he decided to join Central Districts.
“He’s been an MA [Major Association] captain before and he’s played international cricket so, from a pedigree point of view, he ticks all the boxes,” Malan said. “Every time we get ourselves in trouble, at 120 for 5 or something, he comes in at seven and he’s the grinder and the battler and he leads from the front in all aspects.
“Kruger is a different kettle of fish when it comes to cricket. He overthinks and over-analyses, so it’s going to be good for me to challenge him in a different way and for him to challenge me.”