Former South Africa stalwart Hashim Amla roped in as batting consultant for Cape Town Blitz

Sport360 staff 10:47 04/11/2019
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A new innings for Hashim Amla.

Hashim Amla is set to begin a new innings as a batting consultant after the former South Africa opener was roped in for the role by Mzansi Super League (MSL) outfit Cape Town Blitz.

The 36-year-old has called time on his South Africa career earlier this year, following the completion of the 2019 World Cup in England. Amla subsequently pulled his name from the Mzansi Super League player draft, although he has not retired as a player from all forms of the game.

The former Proteas stalwart is set to turn up in the UAE next month after being signed up by Abu Dhabi T10 League franchise Karnataka Tuskers. He also signed a two-year Kolpak deal with English county outfit Surrey recently where he will play alongside his former South Africa team-mate Morne Morkel.

“Hashim has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game and we’re really looking forward to him bringing that to our management team,” Cape Town Blitz head coach and former Proteas middle-order stalwart Ashwell Prince said in a statement.

“There are obviously a few very promising young batsmen in our squad, and I think they will benefit immensely from having him around.

“It’s also an opportunity for him to explore whether a position such as batting consultant could be something that he might want to take up in future. I have no doubt that he’d do a great job at it if he did.”

The 2019 edition of the Mzansi Super League, which is its second, will get underway on Friday. Amla, however, will only join up with the Cape Town Blitz squad on November 25.

Amla had a distinguished career for South Africa, especially in the Test and ODI formats. He racked up 9, 282 runs in 124 Test appearances at an average of 46.64, while his ODI record stood at 8, 113 runs in 181 matches at an average of 49.46.

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