Hampshire Ropes in Hashim Amla for Upcoming 2018 Season
South African batsman Hashim Amla has penned a deal with Hampshire for the first three months of the season.
Previously, Amla featured for Essex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, and Derbyshire in England. Further, Amla will play in the County Championship and One-Day Cup for Hampshire.
Amla, who is a prolific run-scorer for his country will boost the Hampshire batting-order. The right-handed Amla has played 113 Test matches with an average of 49.08 in five-day cricket for South Africa.
Pleased to join Hampshire:
The 34-year old Amla while talking on the club’s website admitted he is delighted to join the side. Further, he is looking his stint with Hampshire as a preparation for the Sri Lanka tour.
“I am really pleased to be joining a club like Hampshire,” Amla said. “Everyone I have spoken to, who have either played or are currently playing there, have only had good things to say about the team.
“I look forward to spending the first three months of the season with them, which works out well for me to be able to get some high-quality cricket in before the Proteas tour to Sri Lanka in July,” he added.
He will be an excellent fit:
Director of cricket, Giles White admitted Amla will fit in excellently in the setup and will add strength in the batting order.
“Hashim is an exciting acquisition for us, and we feel he’ll be an excellent fit within the group we’ve got, both on and off the pitch. He’s a world-class player, and this addition adds strength and depth to our batting for the first three months of the season – runs on the board are important and hopefully this will help us achieve that consistently in both the four-day and 50-over competitions,” Giles said.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming Hashim and his family to the club,” he added further.
Meanwhile, Amla is now gearing up for the four-match Test series against Australia starting today.
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