Johann Myburgh admits he was frustrated not to get more chances in Hampshire’s first team. The Kolpak signing was Hampshire’s best batsman at the Caribbean T20 tournament in January, but played his last game for the county at the end of May.
He and fellow South African Friedel de Wet were both made scapegoats for Hampshire’s poor start to the season and have been released.
Myburgh said: “There was a lot of frustration and disappointment for me. I can’t say I agree with everything that happened because I only got a limited opportunity to play. It just worked out that it was the wrong place and the wrong time for me.”
Despite his lack of opportunities, Myburgh does not regret his year at The Rose Bowl. “I wouldn’t say it’s been a waste,” he added. “I’m grateful for the experience but it’s been frustrating.
“I was on an upward curve and I would have liked to have shown the Hampshire supporters what type of player I am. That’s been the big disappointment. If I was here next season, I’m sure I could have contributed.”
Myburgh scored 287 LV County Championship runs at an average of 26 before he was dropped. “Although I don’t think my form was horrible by any means, I know from my past record that I didn’t play as well as I could have.”
He now hopes to find another county. “I’m nearly 31 but I’m not done by any means. I believe I have a lot to offer. Like any other sportsman, I have taken knock-backs before. Wherever I play next, I feel I can contribute and I’m hoping to get another chance in England somewhere.
“If I play against Hampshire in the future, it would be nice to put in a performance: not in a nasty way, but just to show people that I’m a good player. I don’t think the people at the Rose Bowl saw the best of me. They only saw a few glimpses.”