Pieter Strydom, a former South African international, has been named captain of the Eastern Cape for the next season. Strydom, nicknamed "Striker", had played two Tests and 10 one-dayers for South Africa in the 1999-00 season apart from captaining Border for several years.

Reunert Bauser, the CEO of the Eastern Cape franchise, said that Strydom's experience of captaining Border for a number of seasons was one of the main reasons for the appointment. iAfrica.com quoted Bauser as saying, "He is a shrewd captain and his all-round ability with both bat and ball has earned him the respect of many an opposing team."

Reacting to the appointment Strydom termed it as a "challenge" and added, "I am proud to be named to lead the franchise for next season. I hope my captaincy and the results we achieve will repay the faith the Board have in me."

Strydom, 34, was born in the Eastern Cape and studied educated at Grey High School, which also has Hansie Cronje, Herschelle Gibbe and Nicky Boje on its alumni rolls. Strydom shifted to Border in 1992-93 and played as vice-captain to Peter Kirsten for a few years. He took over as captain in 1997-98 and carried on for six seasons.

Under his captaincy, Border reached the SuperSport final in three consecutive years apart from making the final of the Standard Bank Cup in 1999. last year, he surprisingly lost the captaincy to Justin Kreusch.

Strydom's best bowling in first-class cricket was 4 for 12 against Northerns at Centurion Park, while another highlight of his career was the 6 for 17 that he snared against Western Province in 2001-02. In 2002-03, Strydom played his 100th first-class match and was awarded a benefit year as well.