CIYMS have signed former South African international Justin Kemp as their overseas player for the 2016 season.
The big-hitting all-rounder played 85 One-Day Internationals and four Test matches and will succeed fellow countryman Rassie van Der Dussen, who will not be returning to Belmont after two prolific seasons in the NCU Premier League.
CI, the Challenge Cup and Twenty20 Cup winners, decided to look at other overseas options as it was expected that van der Dussen could not commit to a full season in 2016.
CI’s last two Premier League campaigns tailed off after van der Dussen returned home early. Kemp will be staying for the entire summer.
This will be Kemp’s first season as an overseas professional but he has played county cricket at Kent and is contracted to the Cape Cobras in South Africa. At his peak he was known as one of the biggest hitters in the international game. He averaged 31 in ODIs, including 10 fifties and a century, with a strike rate of more than 83.
Kemp, who has played in the IPL with the Chennai Super Kings, has been involved in the Gary Kirsten Academy in South Africa and will develop his coaching skills at Belmont.
“The club would like to express our appreciation to Rassie, who has been an outstanding professional over the last two seasons,” said a CI spokesman. “However, it was felt we needed someone who could commit to an entire summer. We are excited to have signed a cricketer of Justin’s stature and look forward to welcoming him and his young family to Belmont.”
Kemp’s signing is subject to NCU ratification. CI are expected to re-sign James Cameron-Dow for 2016.