South African domestic team Knights announce their new captain
The skipper made his first-class debut back in 2006.
Updated - Jul 14, 2018 4:51 pm
The last season for South African domestic side Knights wasn’t an impressive one. In the four-day tournament, they couldn’t manage a single win out of ten matches and subsequently finished at the fifth spot out of six teams. The One-Day Cup was even more terrible for them as they ended as the cellar dwellers with a solitary victory against the Cape Cobras out of ten contests.
Even in the T20 event, the team led by Theunis de Bruyn, could manage only two wins and finished at the bottom of the points table. The franchise will definitely be keen to make amends for the dismal outings. They recently announced Pite van Biljon, the Bloemfontein-born cricketer, as their new skipper across all formats. Johan van Heerden, the Chief Executive, expressed his delight after making the announcement.
I am very excited and humbled
“It gives us great pleasure to announce Pite van Biljon as the new captain of the Knights. Pite has a fantastic track record. He has made great contributions in all the teams he has captained to win trophies. The Knights had an indifferent 2017/2018 season and the Board feels, with this appointment, we will get back on track,” Heerden was quoted as saying by Sport24.
Biljon also expressed his gratitude after being anointed as the skipper. “I am very excited and humbled by the opportunity to captain such a great team. I’m also very grateful to be part of Knights and the history that comes with this great region,” he mentioned.
Biljon has a significant amount of experience at the domestic level. The wicketkeeper-batsman made his debut way back in 2006 and has played 87 first-class, 90 List A and 40 T20s in which he has racked up 5245, 2803 and 950 runs respectively. He also boasts of 18 centuries and 44 half-centuries.