County news April 26, 2008

Langeveldt joins Derbyshire in Kolpak deal

Cricinfo staff

Charl Langeveldt has signed on as a Kolpak for Derbyshire © AFP

Derbyshire have signed Charl Langeveldt, the South African fast bowler, on a two-year Kolpak contract. Langeveldt could be in action for Derbyshire as early as Sunday's Friends Provident Trophy match against Yorkshire at Headingley.

"Charl is an excellent addition to our squad and brings real quality and experience to our side," John Morris, the head of cricket at Derbyshire, said. "He has proven ability at the highest level of the game and just as importantly is exactly the sort of character we are looking for.

"We have managed to bring him to Derbyshire ahead of several other options he had and we are delighted to have him on board."

Langeveldt, who has played 59 ODIs and six Tests, last turned out for South Africa in the one-day series against Bangladesh last month. He pulled out of the subsequent tour of India after being picked ahead of Andre Nel in a move many perceived to be driven by Cricket South Africa's transformation policy.

He was in sensational form for the Cape Cobras in the recently-concluded Standard Bank Pro20 series, taking 18 wickets in six matches, including a five-wicket haul and a hat-trick. His previous county experience includes short stints with Somerset in 2005 and Leicestershire in 2007.