Glamorgan sign Martin van Jaarsveld for Twenty20 campaign

Martin Van Jaarsveld

Glamorgan have signed veteran South African batsman Martin van Jaarsveld for their Twenty20 campaign.

The 37-year-old retired from county action in November 2011, cancelling a contract at Leicestershire after leaving Kent two months earlier.

Van Jaarsveld cited "fatigue" for not wishing to continue at county level having left Kent a year early.

He has since gone on to lead Nashua Titans to the domestic double in South Africa.

Van Jaarsveld played nine Tests for South Africa between 2002-2004, playing 11 one day internationals in the same time period.

He has also played for Northamptonshire, Northern Transvaal and Northerns.

In a statement released by Glamorgan to announce his signing, Van Jaarsveld said: "The Titans have had a really successful season and this has re-ignited my passion in the game.

"I enjoy playing T20 cricket and I will be working hard to help the Welsh Dragons reach the finals day, particularly as it is being held at the Swalec Stadium."

He will play under a British passport for the Welsh Dragons, leaving the Welsh county free to add another overseas player for the T20 tournament alongside Marcus North, who is scheduled to join his new team-mates this weekend.

In this year's South African T20 tournament, van Jaarsveld averaged 28 at a strike rate of 156, culminating in a vital innings of 32 runs off just 21 balls in the final.

Glamorgan head of elite performance, Matthew Mott, said: "Martin is an experienced, quality cricketer and his record speaks for itself.

"We have been looking for genuine match winners to make us a more potent force and, off the back of a very successful season in South Africa with the Titans, Martin fits the bill."

Glamorgan begin their 2012 T20 campaign at Northamptonshire on Thursday, 14 June.

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