Bloemfontein - The Knights board of directors on Friday
announced that Theunis de Bruyn has accepted the offer to lead the team as
captain for the 2016/17 domestic cricket season.
“The appointment of De Bruyn as captain starts a new era for
the Knights. Theunis comes from one of the most successful cricketing clubs
(Tuks) which has won the title of World Club Champs in Dubai. We are confident
that he will install a positive mindset and approach towards the modern game,”
commented Knights Chief Executive Officer, Johan van Heerden.
Head coach Nicky Boje welcomed the 23-year-old De Bruyn's appointment and
paid tribute to his predecessor, Werner Coetsee.
“Werner Coetsee has done a great job over the last couple of
years but we are moving into a new era and I am excited that Theunis de Bruyn
will be leading the way forward for this coming season. I wish him all the best
De Bruyn has had an outstanding career to date, being the
third quickest South African batsman to reach the landmark of 1 000 first-class
runs, doing so in 20 innings. He represented the South African ‘A’ team against
the England Lions at home and on the tour to India in 2015.
He was part of a loan deal with Titans last season to play
for the Knights franchise during the T20 Domestic campaign and is now a
permanent member of the Knights squad.
“I feel honoured and privileged to captain the Knights
Franchise next season,” De Bruyn commented.
“These are exciting times for the franchise, with new
players building their careers, a new environment and structures and these
developments are leading towards something positive. The franchise is looking
to create a new culture and legacy which is a winning one and hopefully within
the next few years bring us some silverware,” he concluded.