The cricket team of the southern county of England, Hampshire, have signed South Africa batting stalwart Hashim Amla as an overseas player for the first three months of the ongoing county cricket season.
The 34-year-old top-order batsman Hashim Amla has captained the South Africa Test team between June 2014 and January 2016, and averages 49.08 with the bat in Test cricket.
England’s county cricket has a trend of signing a number of overseas players for their cricket seasons, and a few big names make it as overseas players to play county cricket in England when they are either not picked by their respective countries, or feel the need to polish their game a bit. As reported by BBC, Hampshire’s director of cricket Giles White spoke about Hashim Amla and said,
“Hashim is a world-class player. He is someone we have admired from a distance and it will be great to have him around.”
Ever since he made his debut against India in 2004, Hashim Amla has played 113 Test matches, has also featured in 164 One-Day internationals (ODIs) and 43 Twenty20 internationals (T20Is). The Durban-born right handed batsman was one of the main concerns for India in the recently concluded tour of South Africa too.
Hashim Amla is an England county cricket regular
It is not the first time, however, that Hashim Amla is joining England to play county cricket. He has previously done stints in England with Essex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey and Derbyshire. While speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Giles White informed that the he wanted Hashim Amla to open the batting for Hampshire. He said,
“I spoke to him about opening the batting. We have some strength in depth there and it looks a strong team on paper if everyone is fit. He normally bats at three for South Africa but he is very comfortable opening. He wants to play, score runs and contribute.”