Hashim Alma has been appointed captain of Test Side after the retirement of Graeme Smith, who retired in March. Hashim Amla will play his first series as captain against Sri Lanka next month. Before this decision AB de Villiers was favorite for the captaincy seat but South African Cricket Board selected Amla as captain as they said we want him to lead from the front after scoring, on the other side Hashim Amla’s test record is worth to see, Hashim Amla has played 76 Tests, scoring 6,214 runs to register an impressive batting average of 51.35. One thing is also very interesting Hashim Amla is the second non-white Test captain after Ashwell Prince.
While talking to media Hashim Amla said he always wanted to lead South African Cricket Team more he said:
“As a captain, you are more a servant than you are a leader, I will be taking it as my responsibility to give all my heart to this position. I am positive that it won’t affect my batting and I hope it doesn’t. I will try and score as many if not more runs. Any Test team wants to be ranked No.1. We’ve had that privilege but having lost it is a fair reflection of how we have played. We haven’t played our best cricket over the last year or so. It is a proud thing to be ranked No.1. Foremost in my mind is to try and get us back there.“
Andrew Hudson, South Africa’s convener of selectors was also talking to media he said:
“There were some strong contenders, not only AB de Villiers. We’ve got three captains in three formats now and that is perhaps not ideal, “We have a very skewed season ahead of us with 30 ODIs, including the World Cup. So this next season, the focus is on one-day cricket. What AB has achieved with Russell in the one-day side and the gelling of that team going forward is something we did not want to disrupt. Hashim will complement AB in terms of his style and what he wants to do with the one-day side, just as AB will complement Hash in the Test arena.“
Well Cricket South Africa announced their ODI and Test squad against Sri Lanka here are the names:
Test squad:Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla (capt), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Stiaan van Zyl, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock, Dane Piedt, Wayne Parnell.
ODI squad:Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (capt), JP Duminy, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Vernon Philander, Faf du Plessis, Aaron Phangiso, Beuran Hendricks.
(The Test squad had two newcomers: batsman Stiaan van and off-spinner Dane Piedt)
By: Mohammad FurQan Bhatti
Writer is University Student and Sports Journalist based in Pakistan