Sussex County Cricket Club have announced that all-rounder Kirk Wernars will not be featuring for the County during the 2013 season, as he has opted to take some time away from the game, as well as returning to his native South Africa.
21 year-old Wernars, who joined Sussex in early 2011, will initially take a year’s break from cricket, during which time he will look to spend time with his family and look into his passion of wildfire fire fighting and the emergency services.
Wernars said of his decision to leave Sussex, “This has not been an overnight decision and has been a very tough one to make.
“The past two years at Sussex have been a fantastic experience for me, both as a person and a cricketer. I have learnt so much from being here and will take a lot away with me, from every person that I have come into contact with at the club.
“As much as playing cricket for Sussex has been an exciting and happy time for me, there have been parts of my life I have missed, namely being with my family and living in Cape Town.
“I believe I need to take a break from cricket for a year, during which time I wish to explore wildfire fire fighting and emergency services. Thereafter I hope to be in a position to have greater clarity about the long term career I would like to pursue.”
Sussex’s Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said, “We’re really disappointed to lose Kirk both as a cricketer and as a person. As a cricketer, he really made great strides and had every chance of having a really successful summer. And as a person, he was a man of high values and high loyalty.
“We do though really respect his decision to want to be nearer his family again and we wish him every success, and hope perhaps to see him at some time in the future.”