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South Africa opener Heino Kuhn has signed a Kolpak deal with Kent, thus closing the door on his international career.
Kuhn, who assumes the role of wicketkeeper-batsman when playing the Titans, represented the Proteas in four Tests and seven Twenty20 Internationals.
However, given that the 33-year-old has only played a limited amount of international cricket, he opted to sign a Kolpak deal.
Kent were in need of a new top order batsman after Sam Northeast penned a four-year deal with Hampshire.
“I’m delighted to get the opportunity to play county cricket and I’m looking forward to joining the Kent squad,” Kuhn, who will represent Kent in all formats, was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I want to contribute positively to the team and bring my experience from winning trophies in South Africa.”
While he only averaged 14.12 with the bat in the four Tests he played, Kuhn’s first-class career makes for much better reading as he has featured in 142 matches and scored 9,698 runs, which includes 23 centuries and 46 fifties, at an average of 43.48.
Speaking about Kuhn’s decision to sign with the county side, Paul Downton, Kent’s director of cricket, said: We’re delighted to welcome a player of Heino’s quality and experience to the club. We believe Heino can complement our talented batsmen across the three formats and serve as a mentor to those coming through the ranks.”
While Kuhn is the first South African player to sign a Kolpak deal this year, there is speculation that Proteas seamer Morne Morkel will do the same as he has been linked with several clubs following his decision to retire from international cricket after the conclusion of the ongoing four-Test series against Australia.
Last year, eight South African players signed Kolpak deals, including Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw.