Cricket South Africa has named Hashim Amla as their new test captain.
Amla will replace Graeme Smith who retired in March after the test series against Australia. He received the role over AB de Villiers who will be the vice captain for the test side.
Amla is excited about his new role and is confident about doing a good job. In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, he said, “Hopefully, with the experience I have gained, I can do a good job. If you can add value to your teammates, try and get the team to do well and the country to do well, that’s the ultimate as an international sportsman.”
He is also hopeful that the added burden will not have a knock-on effect.
“I am positive that it won’t affect my batting and I hope it doesn’t,” he said.
Amla’s first mission as a captain will be South Africa’s two-test tour against Sri Lanka next month. – Md Zahin
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