Glamorgan recruited Garnett Kruger, an experienced pace bowler from South Africa, for the 2009 season.
Kruger had played since 2007 for Leicestershire, and in joining the Welsh county for 2009 he became the Club’s first-ever Kolpak registration. This term stems from the experiences of Maros Kolpak, a Slovakian handball player, who in May 2003 had a ruling in the European Court of Justice go in his favour, with the judge deciding that no resident of the European Union should be prevented from working in another part of the Union. Moreover, any player from a nation which had an associate trading relationship with the EU could play in the Union as a professional.
Since that ruling, a series of South African and West Indian cricketers played as Kolpaks in county cricket with Garnett being Glamorgan’s first. He delivered some lively spell, especially on the faster pitches outside Wales and gave the Welsh attack, albeit briefly, a sharper cutting edge in red-ball cricket.
Prior to plying his trade in county cricket, Garnett had played in three one-day internationals and one International T20 for South Africa.
KRUGER, Garnett John-Peter
Born – Port Elizabeth, 5th January 1977.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 28* v Essex at Chelmsford, 2009; 6/93 v Surrey at The Oval, 2009.
In List A cricket – 1 v Middlesex at SWALEC Stadium, 2009; 2/54 v Northamptonshire at Colwyn Bay, 2009.
In T20 cricket – 6* v Northamptonshire at Northampton, 2009; 2/18 v Warwickshire at SWALEC Stadium, 2009.