SA 20: MI Cape Town appoint Simon Katich as head coach, Hashim Amla to be batting coach
Katich has served as RCB coach [PC: Twitter]
Ahead of the first-ever SA T20 player auction, MI Cape Town have unveiled its coaching staff for the upcoming season. Former Australia international Simon Katich will take on the role of head coach, with former South Africa player Hashim Amla donning on the hat of a batting coach.
Apart from Amla, former South African international Robin Peterson will also be on the staff as General Manager while Mumbai Indians' fielding coach James Pamment continues his role in the IPL.
Katich was earlier associated with IPL franchises like Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Sunrisers Hyderabad in various coaching capacities.
Amla worked with the Peshawar Zalmi franchise in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in same role.
Katich looks forward to carrying forward MI legacy
“It is an absolute honour to be offered the position of head coach for MI Cape Town. It is always special to put together a new team, hone skills and build a team culture. I look forward to ensuring that MI Cape Town develops into a team that leverages local talent and has MI core values at its heart.”
Amla thrilled about his new appointment
"I’m thrilled to take up this assignment with MI Cape town. Big thanks to MI owners, management and my manager for facilitating this so smoothly. From everything they have planned it looks like it’s going to be amazing platform that will attract our local talent. Bringing my experience as a player and mentor I am excited to help MI Cape Town players bring the best out of themselves and also make SA cricket stronger”
MI owner Akash Ambani welcomed Simon and Hashim
“I’m happy to welcome Simon and Hashim on MI Cape Town coaching team. Together with James and Robin, we’ll be a team that will grow the MI brand of cricket in South Africa and bring to this cricket loving country the values and ethos MI stands for.”
MI Cape Town have already signed five players — Kagiso Rabada, Dewald Brevis, Rashid Khan, Sam Curran, and Liam Livingstone — for the league's inaugural edition.
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