Glamorgan’s South African batsman Colin Ingram has prolonged his keep on the county till 2022 and is ready to return to County Championship cricket.
Ingram, 35, who has not performed first-class cricket since 2017, reverts to his former function as an abroad participant.
He’ll act as abroad cowl for Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne in four-day cricket, and turn into concerned in youth teaching at Glamorgan.
Ingram missed the 2020 county season due to journey restrictions.
He performed in 31 one-day internationals and 9 Twenty20 internationals for the Proteas between 2010 and 2013, earlier than ending his worldwide profession in 2014 to affix Glamorgan as a non-overseas participant below the Kolpak ruling.
The UK’s exit from the European Union means Kolpak registrations – utilizing a European Courtroom ruling to keep away from counting as abroad gamers – were terminated on the finish of the 2020 season.
Ingram will now share Glamorgan’s two abroad slots with Queensland pair Labuschagne and Michael Neser, and can also be just about sure to characteristic for the Welsh Hearth franchise staff within the new Hundred match, which is prone to coincide with the counties’ One-Day Cup.
He has not performed for the reason that Pakistan Tremendous League in March, however will return to the sphere in December for Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Massive Bash League, the place he is because of play 10 video games.
“It is nice to re-sign for Glamorgan and get again on board after the uncertainty over my contract and Kolpak gamers on the whole,” Ingram informed BBC Sport Wales.
“I might fill in much more in Championship cricket as nicely when Marnus is away and spend much more time across the membership.
“Most individuals would say I am mad however I’ve actually missed red-ball cricket and being settled in an atmosphere with a staff, with the ability to give extra again to the membership.
“Teaching is one thing I’ve dabbled in on the membership and in South Africa, I might actually prefer to spend extra time with individuals on the membership, hopefully giving these youthful guys some recommendation and the instruments to develop their recreation; particularly within the 15-20 age group, it is one thing I am working in direction of.”
Ingram’s earlier retirement from four-day cricket got here after he struggled with a knee harm, taking part in solely T20 matches for Glamorgan in 2018 and 2019, however he’s satisfied he’ll have the ability to cope with a return.
“I might like to play for an additional 5 years. Bodily I really feel higher than I did 5 years in the past. I had a very good knee clean-up [in 2017] and from that second I have been capable of push myself once more,” he mentioned.
“These lengthy onerous days within the area will likely be difficult, however I am trying ahead to getting again to the place it began, and after I was rising up in South Africa all we wished to do to play Check cricket.”
Whereas he hopes to be based mostly in Cardiff for the subsequent few years, Ingram will nonetheless have a spell as a globe-trotting “bat for rent” the place Covid-19 restrictions enable, earlier than returning to Wales.
He’ll full a 14-day quarantine in his Perth resort earlier than his Massive Bash stint, together with his “leisure” together with 4 hours placing collectively a treadmill which was delivered in items.
Ingram will then play T10 cricket in Abu Dhabi and will characteristic in South African home cricket or the Indian Premier League earlier than a much-awaited return to Glamorgan colors.