Former South African skipper Hashim Amla is set to feature in Nepal’s domestic Twenty20 competition Everest Premier League scheduled for March 14-28 at the Tribhuvan University Stadium.
After the arrival of big-hitting Richard Levi last year, Amla is so far the biggest name to play cricket professionally in Nepali league. Pokhara Rhinnos had roped in Levi who set the EPL ablaze last season with some of ferocious hitting ever displayed at the TU cricket ground.
Although an official confirmation is yet to be made, a source close to owners of EPL franchises told cricketingnepal.com about Amla’s arrival under conditions of anonymity.
Before announcing his international retirement at the age of 36 on August 8 last year, Amla boasted a successful Test career amassing 9,282 runs from 124 matches. He is the second highest Test run getter for South Africa behind Jacques Kallis.
Amla is the only South African batsman to score a Test triple century after he notched up 311 not out against England in 2012. He captained the Proteas in Tests from 2014 to 2016. He went on to score more than 18,000 runs across all formats.
Amla had slammed 27 ODI hundreds – the most by a South African in 50-over format – from 181 matches. He scored 8113 runs in the one-dayers. He also played 44 Twenty20 Internationals scoring 1277 runs with 97 not out his best score.
The best for Amla in Twenty20 came in the 2017 Indian Premier League where he played for Kings XI Punjab and stroked two each centuries and half centuries. He was the fifth highest scorer in the IPL that season with 420 runs to his name.