New Zealand news June 11, 2010

Kruger van Wyk to play for Central Districts

Cricinfo staff

Kruger van Wyk, the Canterbury wicketkeeper and former captain, will represent Central Districts in the next domestic season. van Wyk, who captained Canterbury for almost three years, and led them to victory in the State Championship in 2008, is South African-born and represented the South African Board President's XI in 2001-02.

"I have enjoyed my time with Canterbury immensely and I am very grateful to Canterbury Cricket for providing me the initial opportunity to further my cricket career," van Wyk, 30, said. "No longer being captain of Canterbury enables me to focus on my ambition to play international cricket and moving to Central Districts will provide me with a fresh start and the opportunity to pursue this goal. I am looking forward to new challenges with my new association."

In 83 first-class games van Wyk averages 35.02, with his highest score being an unbeaten 178. Behind the stumps, he's grabbed 249 catches and 13 stumpings. His List A record with the bat is better, with an average of 43 in 102 games. He's taken 111 catches and effected 14 stumpings in the same format.