July 14, 2024

Lions appoints Hashim Amla as batting coach

CAPE TOWN – The DP World Lions have announced former Proteas captain Hashim Amla as the team’s batting coach.

Commencing immediately, the three-year partnership will see Amla work alongside Lions head coach Russell Domingo in all three formats of the game.

The 40-year-old Amla was a run scoring machine with multiple records to his name including being named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2013.

Having played in all three formats of the game, Amla holds the record for the fastest ever player to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs.

He also became the fastest cricketer to reach 10 ODI centuries and in January 2018, breaking Virat Kohli’s record for being the fastest cricketer to reach 27 centuries in ODI cricket.

“Our intentions were clear when we secured the services of the brains trust of Russell Domingo. We’ve now further stamped our authority on our quest for domestic dominance with one of the country’s greatest ever cricketers in Hashim Amla joining our family,” said Lions Cricket CEO Jono Leaf-Wright.

“I cannot adequately express my gratitude to him, Sumaiyah and his greater family for agreeing to walk this journey with us.

“The impact that this mastermind leader will make on our talents, is immeasurable and we are both thankful and thrilled to have him join us.”

Having retired from all forms of cricket in January 2023, the Durban born former Protea captain says that he’s relishing the opportunity that lies ahead.

“I am truly delighted to work with Lions Cricket. They are one of the largest Protea producing teams in the country and to work with their players is an honour. The head coach Russel Domingo and I go back many years,” said Amla.

“I had him as a coach whilst with the Proteas and his experience as an international coach is something I am eager to team up with and share in.

A sincere appreciation must go to the Lions Cricket CEO Jono and to my manager Ismail for bringing this together seamlessly. The domestic game is the base for all quality cricketers who desire longevity in their careers and to be a part of that excites me.”

Head Coach Russell Domingo added: “I am ecstatic that Hashim has joined us. His record speaks for itself and being able to tap into that experience will be massively beneficial for our players,” he said.

“He is a legend of our game and I am sure he will make a significant impact within our Pride.”

Amla will commence his duties with immediate effect, with the pre-season already underway for the current CSA One Day Cup champions.


Source: DP World Lions

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