McLaren quits county cricket

RYAN McLaren will be released from his county contract with Kent at the end of the current season and will now focus his attention on playing international cricket for South Africa.

RYAN McLaren will be released from his county contract with Kent at the end of the current season and will now focus his attention on playing international cricket for South Africa.

The 26-year-old all-rounder has notified Cricket South Africa of his intention to relinquish his Kolpak status and will be available for potential Proteas selection from the beginning of October.

He will play for the Diamond Eagles in all three domestic professional competitions - the SuperSport Series, the MTN Domestic Championship and the Standard Bank Domestic Pro20 - and is also in their squad for the Champions League tournament in India in October.

McLaren, who was a teammate of Proteas players Hashim Amla and Imraan Khan when the South African team finished runners-up to Australia in the 2002 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, is a quality all-rounder.

In his last full season in South Africa in 2006-07 he was the second leading wicket-taker in the SuperSport Series with more than 50 dismissals and has regularly taken more than 50 first-class wickets since joining Kent.

In his first season at Kent he achieved the remarkable feat of taking a hat-trick in the England T20 final to help his county win its first limited overs trophy in nearly 30 years.

McLaren follows Charl Langeveldt in making himself available to South Africa again after a spell in county cricket. - Sapa

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