Australian Great, South Africa Batting Legend Roped In For MI Cape Town Coaching Roles

With the rise of the South African T20 League, Mumbai Indians-based franchise MI Cape Town is all set to put their best foot forward in its inaugural edition. Recently, Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardene and former India pacer Zaheer Khan were appointed as Global Head of Performance and Global Head of Cricket Development respectively, due to the franchise’s expansion into SA20 league and UAE T20 league. Following this, former Australian batsman Simon Katich has been named head coach of MI Cape Town, while South African legend Hashim Amla has become the team’s batting coach.

Apart from them, current Mumbai Indians fielding coach James Pamment will take on the additional role of fielding coach and former South African player and domestic coach Robin Peterson will be the team General Manager.

“It is an absolute honor to be given 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 it to ensure that MI Cape Town evolves into a team that leverages local talent and puts MI core values ​​at the center of things,” Katich said in an official release.

“I am delighted to take on this assignment with MI Cape Town. Big thanks to the owners, management and my manager of MI for making this run so smoothly. Out of everything they have planned, it seems to be a great platform that our local talent.With my experience as a player and mentor, I am excited to help MI Cape Town players bring out the best in themselves and also make SA cricket stronger,” said Amla.

“I am delighted to welcome Simon and Hashim to MI Cape Town’s coaching team. Together with James and Robin, we will be a team that will grow the MI brand of cricket in South Africa and bring this cricket-loving country to the values ​​and ethos where MI stands for,” said Reliance Jio Infocomm Chairman, Akash M Ambani.

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MI Cape Town has already announced the signing of five players ahead of the inaugural edition – Kagiso Rabada, Dewald Brevis, Rashid Khan, Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone.

The auction for the SA20 competition will take place on September 19.

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