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July 4, 2006
Kruger van Wyk, the Titans wicketkeeper-batsman, has decided to pursue his career in New Zealand with Canterbury following advice from Dave Nosworthy, his former coach in South Africa, who is now coach of Canterbury.
Van Wyk said: "I am most grateful to the Titans for everything that they have done for me during the past 6 seasons. I also appreciate the amicable way in which the Titans released me from my contractual obligations to them and wish them everything of the best in the future.
"I am most appreciative to Canterbury for allowing me the opportunity to make this important change in my career and look forward to making a substantial contribution to their cause".
Andy O'Connor, the chairman of the Titans thanked Van Wyk for his loyalty and commitment to the cause of the Titans. "Kruger has been a passionate Titans player for many seasons and we thank him for his selfless attitude. We are obviously sad to see him go, but wish him well in his new endeavours."
Richard Reid, the CEO of the Canterbury Cricket Association added: "It is wonderful to have gained a player with the pedigree of Kruger van Wyk, and now look forward to a long and successful future with him."
van Wyk, 26, has notched up 156 dismissals and has a batting average of 29.18 in 48 first class matches. In one-day cricket he has been more impressive, collecting 71 dismissals and holds a batting average of 38.45. In the 20-over version of the game, van Wyk averages an impressive 45 with the bat at a strike rate of a 132.35.
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