Amla appointed as test cricket captain of South Africa
South Africa appointed Hashim Amla as test cricket captain. He succeeds Graeme Smith, who retired in March 2014.
Hashim Amla was appointed as new test captain of South African cricket team on 3 June 2014. Amla is the successor of Graeme Smith who retired in March 2014 after serving the test side of South African cricket for more than a decade.
AB de Villers, the captain of the ODI squad and seemed to be the front runner for the job was appointed as the vice-captain of the Test squad. However, Amla will be his deputy in the ODI squad.
After being named as the Captain of the test cricket, 31-year-old Amla of Indian-origin became the first black South African to lead the national side. He is also the fifth permanent Test captain of Proteas (nickname of South African cricket team), since they were readmitted to international cricket in 1992 after Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje, Shaun Pollock and Smith – who announced his international retirement in March. Earlier during the apartheid era, the South-African cricket team included only white people.
Amla’s first job after this appointment is to lead the South African team against Sri Lanka for two matches in July 2014.
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